Men wanted over alleged historical child sexual abuse in Sheffield believed to 'have fled the country'

Two men wanted by police in connection with a historical rape against a girl in Sheffield are believed to ‘have fled the country’.

Tuesday, 13th August 2019, 9:31 am
Updated Thursday, 15th August 2019, 5:14 pm
Karim and Mahmoodi failed to appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court after being charged with rape, and are now believed to 'have fled the country'. Picture: Marisa Cashill

Soran Karim, aged 43, of Greenland Drive, Darnall, and Kamaran Mahmoodi, 36, of Walkley Road, Walkley, were due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court in March, after both men were charged with rape.

The allegations made against Karim and Mahmoodi relate to the same 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

However, both defendants failed to appear, and they are now believed to have left the country.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “They are still wanted for failing to appear at court.

“Information received suggests that both individuals have fled the country and returned to Iraq, their country of origin.

“Enquiries are ongoing to locate them, which includes liaison with the National Crime Agency in order to identify and explore all opportunities.”

The offences are alleged to have been carried out between March 2010 and March 2011.