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Nine men accused of involvement in a child sex ring based in Peterborough are to stand trial at the Old Bailey next month

 

The gang are said to have sexually abused five girls as young as 13 between January 2011 and May this year.

One girl aged 13 claims she was recruited as a prostitute and raped by eight of the suspects.

All nine, who are of Czech, Slovak or Kurdish origin, appeared in court on an indictment containing 45 counts.

A 17 year-old man who cannot be named pleaded not guilty to causing or inciting child prostitution and 10 counts of rape.

Hassan Abdulla, 32, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and three of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

A 14 year-old boy who cannot be named denied seven counts of rape.

A second 17 year-old denied four counts of rape, a third 17 year-old denied six counts of rape and three of sexual assault and a fourth 17 year-old denied two counts of rape.

A second 14 year-old boy denied causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

David Ziga, 19, of Firth Park Road, Firth Park, Sheffield, did not enter pleas on two counts of rape while Dusan Mirga, 20, of College Park, Peterborough, denied two counts of rape.

The trial is due to start on 30 October this year.

See on www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk

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