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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Carlisle takeaway worker urged woman to have sex for kebab

A worker from the Indian takeaway in Carlisle allegedly used as a brothel offered a woman walking past the shop a free kebab if she would have sex with him, a jury heard.

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Azad Miah

Related: Girl, 14, was prostitute for Carlisle takeaway boss, court told

The claim was made by the woman’s teenage daughter, who yesterday gave her evidence in the trial of curry house boss Azad Miah. The 44-year-old has denied eight counts of paying for the sexual services of a child; and eight of inciting child prostitution.

Miah has also pleaded not guilty to keeping a brothel at his Spice of India takeaway in Botchergate.

The jury watched a DVD recording of the girl’s interview with police.

She told officers that when she was 14 or 15 Miah and one of his fellow takeaway workers followed her and a friend.

“They asked if we would like to go to the cinema, and to sleep with them for money,” she told the officer.

The girl then described how at Christmas time an Indian Spice worker had followed her and her mother into Woolworths, where they had gone to shop for presents.

She said the man offered to buy her a mobile phone if she “went with him.”

She said: “I told him we were not interested, and we walked out of the shop. He followed my mum and asked if I would marry him and have kids with him and stuff.”

Later in the interview, the girl described an occasion when she had walked past the Indian Spice with her mother, and somebody from the shop had asked her mother if she would have sex with him in exchange for a kebab.

“It was Azad and the medium build man and they kept saying to my mam that your daughter is very pretty; can I have kids to her and marry her. My mam said can you just leave me alone.

“They were laughing and getting excited as they were saying this stuff.”

The girl said she knew another girl who had “been with Miah for money.”

She said workers at the shop were sending the girl rude pictures of themselves.

Recalling a conversation with her friend, she said: “She said do you want to make some money? I said what do you mean? She said if you go with them, you can have sex with them to get money off them. I said I didn’t want to know.”

The girl told police that in one phone call Miah had asked her how much she would charge to perform a sex act on him and she hung up.

He had offered to pay her £100, she said. There were other people laughing in the background, she said.

“I thought it was disgusting,” she said.

In another phone call, said the girl, somebody who was calling from the Indian Spice shop asked her nana, a woman in her 60s, for sex.

The woman had told the caller: “You better leave my granddaughter alone or we’re going to the police.”

Stephen Meadowcroft QC, for Miah, suggested that the girl had wrongly identified the defendant as the man who made the various sexual suggestions to her.

“No,” said the girl.

She said she was not mistaken, and it had been Miah who said those things to her.

The barrister suggested that the girl’s grandmother never heard any vulgar suggestions made over the phone. “She did,” replied the girl.

Mr Meadowcroft also challenged the evidence of the girl’s mother, saying her original statement made no mention of Miah saying he wanted sex with her daughter.

The trial continues.

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