Major trial into Rotherham child sexual exploitation offences to start in Sheffield later this year

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A major trial into allegations of historic child sexual exploitation offences in Rotherham will start later this year.

The trial, which is likely to involve several defendants, is scheduled to start in December at Sheffield Crown Court and last up to seven weeks.

It comes as one of three brothers charged as part of the investigation appeared at Sheffield Crown Court this morning.

Bannaras Hussain, 35, of Bridge Close, Goole, has been charged with 22 offences alleged to have occurred between 1998 and 2002 involving six complainants.

The charges against him include three counts of rape, four counts of aiding and abetting rape, nine counts of indecent assault, two counts of assault and four counts of procuring a woman for prostitution. The preliminary hearing at the Crown Court yesterday saw Hussain remanded in custody with no application for bail made.

He will next appear in court on September 7 for a plea and case management hearing ahead of the potential December trial.

His older brother Arshid Hussain, 40, of High Street, East Cowick, Goole, is due to appear at Rotherham Magistrates Court on Thursday. He has been charged with 45 offences relating to child sexual exploitation, including indecent assault, unlawful sexual intercourse and unlawful imprisonment.

Sageer Hussain, 29, of Bridge Close, Goole, has been charged with four counts of rape of a girl under 16 in 2003 and will appear at Rotherham Magistrates Court on July 9.

The men have been charged as part of Operation Clover, a joint investigation by South Yorkshire Police in partnership with Rotherham Council and the Crown Prosecution Service. A number of other men remain on bail as part of the same investigation.