Inside Carlisle court

Azad Miah treated his arrest as "a joke" and showed contempt for the girls who accused him, police said.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Christy Robertson recalled his "arrogant" and "disrespectful" demeanour when she interviewed him.

The 44-year-old takeaway boss was arrested at Coral bookmakers, just yards away from his former Spice of India restaurant in Botchergate, Carlisle. DC Robertson said:

"I would say that he showed contempt for the girls, he was dismissive of them. He was disrespectful to me. If I challenged him in any way then he was across the table with fingers (pointing) in my face. I think that he thought it was a joke to him."

She said he displayed the same lack of compassion to his victims in the lengthy police interviews as when he entered the witness box in his trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

"I do not think he feels he has done anything wrong. I think he feels he is the victim."

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