Court told Peterborough restaurant owner moaned he got ‘nothing in return’ for money he spent grooming girls

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A Peterborough restaurant owner moaned he got ‘nothing in return’ for money he spent on Vodka to groom young girls, a court heard today (Friday).

Mohammed Khubaib, 43, enticed vulnerable girls as young as 12 into spending time with him by giving them cash, tobacco and even flowers, jurors heard.

The Pakistani-born letting agent, who owns Peterborough restaurant ‘Zaika’, allegedly drove the youngsters to properties around Cambridgeshire where they were plied with booze.

His victims would then be used for the sexual pleasure and satisfaction of himself and any other adult who was with him, the Old Bailey heard.

Khubaib and his friend Manase Motaung, 32, are both on trial accused of rape and child sex trafficking of girls aged between 12 and 16.

Today jurors heard a police interview with one of the alleged victims, who was 14 at the time.

The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed Khubaib picked them up around three times a week in order to ‘get drunk’.

She described one occasion when she was orally raped by Khubaib in a bedroom on 18 August 2007.

After buying three bottles of Vodka at a Spar shop Khubaib took her and her friends to a house to get drunk while watching spoof spy movie Austin Powers.

‘He told us that he buys houses and rents them out - I thought this house belonged to him,’ the witness said in interview.

After the girls made excuses to their parents why they were staying out late, Mohammed, who was drinking Red Bull, sidled up to the alleged victim by sitting on the settee armchair.

‘He was getting in a mood because we were talking and he felt like we were leaving him out,’ she said.

‘We were talking and he kept putting his hand up my top.

‘I went to the bathroom and my friend told me ‘don’t worry, he won’t do it again.’

‘He went to do it again but I pushed him away.’

Khubaib became agitated because she kept pushing his arm away, the court was told.

‘He said he had spent all this money and got nothing in return,’ the alleged victim continued.

‘That’s why he started to moan and say we had to go.’

But the girls ended up staying longer and Khubaib invited the alleged victim upstairs, jurors were told.

‘He asked me to go upstairs with him to talk, so I looked at my friend, but she said ‘just go,’ the witness said.

‘He started holding my hand going up the stairs.

‘I remember him pushing me down on the floor [as they entered a bedroom].’

She added that Mohammed began unbuttoning his trousers as he sat on a bed.

Mohammed then strode up to her and sexually abused her, she said.

The girl ran downstairs to rejoin her friends on the settee, keeping the incident a secret.

Married Khubaib, who came to the country around 12 years ago, acted as a ‘friend and helper’, taking girls to addresses he had access to himself or through people he knew, to be entertained, it is said.

Khubaib was arrested alongside Motaung, known as ‘Naz’ and a 27-year-old friend at a small terraced house in Lincoln Road, Peterborough on 27 January 2013.

He first came to the attention of police as far back as August 2007, when he is alleged to have forced the 14-year-old to engage in oral sex.

Motaung, originally from South Africa, is alleged to have raped a drunken 16-year-old who he met at one of the ‘grooming sessions’.

Khubaib, of Cambridge Avenue, Peterborough, denies 11 counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, and one count of rape.

Motaung of Grange Road, Peterborough, denies seven counts of trafficking a child for sexual exploitation and one charge of rape.

The trial continues.