Twenty five men appear in court over grooming charges

Calderdale Magistrates Court
Calderdale Magistrates Court

Twenty five men are appeared before Calderdale Magistrates’ this morning charged with serious sexual offences against two girls.

The men, 15 of whom are from Halifax, faced a combined total of 59 charges, including rape, sexual activity with a child under 16 and trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

All the men indicated that they would deny all the charges, which allegedly took place between 2008 and 2011, when the case goes to Leeds Crown Court on February 26.

The men are:

Hedar Ali, 35, of Nantwich, Cheshire. He is charged with rape (x2) and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation (x2).

Fasil Mahmood, 35, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 and supply of a class B Drug.

Zameer Asif, 24, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child.

Mohammed Ramzan, 34, of Bradford. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16, rape and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Khalid Zaman, 37, of Bradford. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16, rape (x2) and supply of a class B drug.

Ataf Ali, 32, of Bradford. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16 and voyeurism.

Mohammed Fiaz Askar, 32, of Bradford. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16.

Aesan Pervez, 26, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual assault (x3).

Mansoor Akhtar, 23, of Huddersfield. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2) and the supply of a class B drug.

Furqaan Ghafar, 30, of Derby. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.

Aftab Hussain, 35, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual grooming, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2).

Talib Saddiq, 29, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2).

Amaar Ali Ditta, 25, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2).

Silkander Malik, 30, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.

Akbar Aziz Hussain, 29, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 and supply of a class B drug.

Azeem Subhani, 23, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2).

Tahir Mahmood, 42, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x3) and sexual assault.

Mohammed Ahmed, 41, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.

Haaris Ahmed, 31, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x3) and supply of a class B drug (x3).

Taukeer Butt, 29, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x4).

Arshad Majid, 24, of Shipley. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.

Christopher Mulqueen-Bennett, 36, of Newport (Gwent). He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.

Muhammed Asim Janjuha, 33, of Bradford. He is charged with rape.

Haider Ali, 39, of Halifax. He is charged with rape, sexual activity with a child under 16 and causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Sikander Ishaq, 30, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.