The jury at the trial of a Carlisle takeaway owner accused of running a brothel from his premises will hear a fifth day of prosecution evidence today.
Azad Miah, who ran the former Spice of India in Botchergate, denies 17 charges including inciting child prostitution and paying for the sexual services of a child. Yesterday the court heard claims that he sent text messages to two 16 year old girls asking if he could pay them to sleep with him.
Under cross examination both admitted that they no longer had the messages. One told the court that she had shown them to a police community support officer, but the officer later denied that.
Today the court has heard that he offered a 16 year old girl drugs in return for sex. The city's crown court has seen a DVD recording of the girl's interview with the police.In it she says Azad Miah, who owned the Spice of India in Botchergate, phoned and texted her after hearing that she took drugs. He told her she would not have to give him money for drugs but could have sex with him instead. The girl, who was taking cocaine every day at the time, says she refused his advances. She no longer has the texts. In her interview she said Azad Miah had told her he "bought" girls and had a room above the takeaway where pornographic videos were made. She said she'd been told:
Tim Backshall has been at the trial all day and sent this report: