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Telford sex trial: teenager admits rape blackmail plot

A teenager has admitted she was involved in a plot to blackmail one of seven men accused of being part of a Telford sex ring.

The 18-year-old woman told a jury she demanded £10,000 from Mohammed Islam Choudhrey or she would claim he had raped her.

The woman was being cross-examined at Stafford Crown Court where the defendants deny a total of 52 charges.

The men face allegations of sexual exploitation and child prostitution.

The defendants in the trial are Ahdel Ali, 23; Mubarek Ali, 28; Mohammed Ali Sultan, 24; Tanveer Ahmed, 39; Mahroof Khan, 33; Noshad Hussain, 21; and Mohammed Islam Choudhrey, 52.

The men, who live in the Wellington and Sutton Hill areas of Telford, variously deny the charges involving alleged incidents between 2007 and 2009.

'Sold to workers'

Details of blackmail emerged as the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was questioned by Mr Peter Cooper, defence counsel for Tanveer Ahmed.

The teenager claimed the plot to get money from Mr Choudhrey had been the idea of the defendant Ahdel Ali and another man, who is not on trial.

Mr Cooper put it to her that Mr Ahmed had told her that the blackmail plan was "a bad thing to do" and that she was annoyed with him for telling her it was wrong.

The woman said she could not remember, but denied that it was one of the reasons that she had told the police Mr Ahmed had had sex with her and sold her to restaurant workers.

She also denied Mr Cooper's claim that that she was angry with Mr Ahmed, a takeaway restaurant delivery driver, for warning her to stay away from another man.

'Someone to blame'

Mr Cooper suggested that she could be "ruthless" when crossed as she had proved by making a false allegation of rape against another man, but the woman said that was not the case with Mr Ahmed.

The court heard that when interviewed by police in December 2009 she was four months pregnant and told police that Mr Ahmed or another man could be the father.

She admitted lying in earlier statements to police, but said she was not lying now to the jury and denied lying about Mr Ahmed because she wanted "someone to blame".

"It's not true that Tanveer Ahmed ever had sex with you or that he ever pimped you out," said Mr Cooper.

"Yes, it is true," the woman told the court.

The trial continues.

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