Eight men appear in court accused of child sex offenses


Eight men appeared before a court today accused of sexually abusing girls aged as young as 12. The men are accused of ‘widespread sexual exploitation and abuse’ of two victims aged between 12 and 16 between 2002 and 2006, Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told.

The eight accused – aged between 33 and 66 – are Jahn Shahid Ghani; Ali Razza Hussain Kasmi; Mohammed Iqbal; Mohammed Ghani; Insar Hussein; Ikhlaq Yousef; Martin Rhodes and Aftar Khan. All but one are from the Rochdale area.

Of them, seven are charged with rape, among other sexual offenses. One man, Insar Hussain, is charged with trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation.

As the first defendant was brought into court, District Judge John McGarva told prosecuting lawyers: “I’m aware there is significant public interest in this case. I think it would be useful to give a nutshell account of what we are dealing with.”

Charlotte Rimmer, prosecuting, told the court: “We are dealing with a case, known in an over-arching manner as Operation Lytton, an investigation into allegations brought by two individuals, between 2002 and 2006, when these two females were aged between 12 and 16.”



Greater Manchester Police launched Operation Lytton

Neither victim, as a complainant of sexual offences, can be publicly identified. The accused were brought into court one by one, except one who appeared over a video link. No pleas were formally entered and all eight men were granted conditional bail to appear at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, next month.

The accused are:

– Jahn Shahid Ghani, 49, of Whitworth Road, Rochdale – charged with 17 offenses including rape, sexual activity with a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

– Ali Razza Hussain Kasmi, 34, of Brotherod Hall Road, Rochdale – charged with six offenses including rape, gross indecency and sexual activity with a child.

– Mohammed Iqbal, 66, of Gainsborough Drive, Rochdale – charged with two accounts of paying for sexual services of a girl under the age of 18.

– Mohammed Ghani, 37, of Bamford Way, Rochdale – charged with 21 offenses including rape, engaging in sexual activity with a child and gross indecency.

– Insar Hussain, 36, of Bishop Street, Rochdale – charged with 17 offenses including rape, sexual activity with a child, gross indecency and trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation.

– Ikhlaq Yousef, 37, of Stanley Street, Rochdale – charged with seven offenses including rape, gross indecency and sexual activity with a child.

– Martin Rhodes, 36, of Dinmore Avenue, Blackpool – charged with six offenses including rape and sexual activity with a child.

– Aftar Khan, 33, of Sparth Bottoms Road, Rochdale – charged with eight offenses including rape, sexual activity with a child and gross indecency.

All are due back in court at Minshull Street Crown Court on May 25. No further details were revealed.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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