Brothel trial

The trial of a restaurant owner accused of running a brothel in Carlisle begins again at Carlisle crown court.

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Brothel trial latest - day 4

Azad Miah Credit: ITV Border

A second 16 year girl has told Carlisle Crown Court that former takeaway owner Azad Miah texted her asking if she would have sex with him for money. She and friends had considered working at the Spice of India in Botchergate in Carlisle.

The court was played a DVD recording of her interview with the police. In it she describes agreeing to give him a head massage on one occasion but was "shocked" when he asked her by text for sex. "He just asked us if I wanted to go in the car with him. And then, like, sleep with him for money."

Earlier another girl, aged 16 at the time, described how Azad Miah had bombarded her with messages asking if he could pay her for sex after she worked for two nights at his takeaway.

His defence barrister said there was no record of the calls and suggested she was inventing the story. Azad Miah denies 17 charges, eight of paying for the sexual services of a child, eight of inciting child prostitution and one of keeping a brothel. The case is expected to last up to three weeks.

Brothel Trial 4th Day

The trial of a former takeaway owner, accused of running a brothel from his Carlisle restaurant, is entering it's fourth day.

Azad Miah denies 17 charges, eight of paying for the sexual services of a child, eight of inciting child prositution and one of keeping a brothel.

It's alleged that he incited six girls aged between 12 and 16 to be prostitutes.

Azad Miah was the owner of the former Spice of India takeaway in Botchergate in Carlisle.

The restaurant has since closed and changed hands. The trial is expected to last for three weeks.

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Day 2 Brothel Trial

The trial is due to continue today of a restaurant owner who is alleged to have run a brothel from a take away on Botchergate in Carlisle.44 year old Azad Miah is accused of encouraging girls as young as 12 to become prostitutes in exchange for money and drugs.

The prosecution case against him is due to continue at Carlisle Crown Court this morning.He denies the charges.

Brothel trial starts

Azad Miah Credit: ITV Border

The trial of a restaurant owner who denies running a brothel from his Carlisle takeaway begins today. Azad Miah has pleaded not guilty at Carlisle crown court to 17 offences, some involving girls as young as 12.

The 44 year old ran the former Spice of India takeaway on Botchergate until his arrest. The business has since changed management and name.

The restaurant has now changed name and management Credit: ITV Border