November 2015

Schoolgirl ‘Rapist’ who was part of alleged grooming gang is Convicted Paedophile

A man accused of raping a schoolgirl has previous convictions for sex attacks on ‘two little girls’, a court heard.

Convicted paedophile Yasser Kabir, 25, took the witness box to deny forcing the teenager to have sex with him in a disused car park.

He told the jury at Bradford Crown Court that he befriended the girl when they met in the street in 2011, when she was 13 years old.

Kabir, who has a distinctive scar on his neck, said they walked and chatted together until they got behind Keighley Library and then she undid his fly and performed a sex act upon him.

“She then started cuddling me and kissing me and then she said she had to go,” Kabir told the jury.

The girl had Facebook and text conversations with Kabir over the following months and they met a few more times when, Kabir said, she had consensual sex with him in the underground car park of the old police station, on Devonshire Street.

“She was all over me, she had no objection to it,” he said.

He claimed that he did not ‘groom’ or ‘corrupt’ the teenager.

Kabir said he kept his relationship with the girl a ‘secret’ from his best friend Sufyan Ziarab and younger brother Tauqeer Hussain and had no idea that they too had also had sex with her.

He said he ‘never’ saw her in a school uniform and ‘never’ asked her age.

His group of friends visited the underground car park daily – they called it the ‘cop shop’ – and they would smoke cannabis there and scrawl graffiti on the walls.

Kabir admitted he put a sofa in the corner, so that he could enjoy a ‘spliff’ in more comfort.

The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told police she was forced to have sex with Asian men on this sofa against her will.

Prosecutor Michelle Colborne QC, in cross examination, revealed that Kabir already had a criminal record when he was arrested in 2012 for the rape of the schoolgirl.

“You have committed two other sex acts against two other little girls,” she told Kabir.

“I never did them, but I was found guilty,” he replied.

The trial has heard the victim was passed around 14 males in Keighley, between 2011 and 2012 whose ages ranged from a year younger than her to 45 years her senior.

She was raped in the grounds of the New Jerusalem Church, Devonshire Street, the former police station car park, Cliffe Castle and Burgess Fields, behind the library and Leisure Centre, in Stockbridge Tunnel and in Dalton Lane.

A Crown Taxis driver also had sex with her in his cab after picking her up as a fare.

  1. Yasser Kabir, 25, of Belgrave Road, denies four allegations of rape

  2. Tauqeer Hussain, 23, of Belgrave Road

  3. Nazir Khan, 23, of Buxton Street, both plead not guilty to three allegations of rape.

  4. Israr Ali, 19, of Devonshire Street West

  5. Hussain Sardar, 19, of Bradford Street

  6. Lawkholme, Saqib Younis, 29, of Bradford Street, Lawkholme,

  7. Bilal Ziarab, 21, of Sedgwick Close, Manningham

  8. Sufyan Ziarab, 22, of Kendal Mellor Court

  9. Zain Ali, 20, of Buxton Street

  10. Faisal Khan, 27, of Buxton Street, all deny two allegations of rape.

  11. Rohail Iqbal, 22, of Skipton Road, Beechcliffe

  12. Rohail Hussain, 18, of Hawk Street, Lawkholme

  13. And a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, plead not guilty to one allegation of rape.

  14. Taxi driver Mohammed Akram, 62, of Holker Street, denies a charge of sexual activity with a child under 16.

All the alleged offences are said to have occurred between May, 2011 and June 2012, except for one charge relating to a second alleged victim, who was 15 at the time.

That is said to have taken place between January and May 2009.

The trial continues.