Victims gave crucial evidence against businessman

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Mohammed Khubaib’s victims bravely gave evidence to jurors at the Old Bailey about the abuse they had suffered.

A 15-year-old girl described how the former restaurant owner would pick her and her friends up in his seven-seater vehicle and take them to a house in Peterborough.

He made me feel sick. It is disgusting how people can think of that

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She told jurors she felt sick when he propositioned her: ‘You make me happy, I’ll give you money’.

But the girl said she turned the tables on Khubaib after refusing his indecent proposal.

In a recorded interview she said: ‘He thought because he’s got that many girls, I didn’t know whether he thought “I have got them, I can get more”.

‘I was not having any of it. He made me feel sick. It is disgusting how people can think of that.’

Motaung was cleared of raping a 16-year-old who was alleged to have been ‘out-of-it’ after she was plied with booze.

Her friend was not worried by the incident and took three photographs on her mobile phone, even sending one picture to her sister.

But her ‘distraught’ friend told jurors she was so drunk she had no memory of the alleged attack and it was only as the months passed that she started to have ‘flashbacks’ of what happened.

Karim Khalil QC, defending Motaung, likened the girl to Pinocchio and claimed she had laughed and joked with her pals after the alleged attack.

‘Rather like Pinocchio’s nose, the story is growing in the telling’, he told the jury.

‘She said “I’m going to shag Naz because he looks like Akon”.

‘She went downstairs, grinded against him and did exactly what she said she was going to do and she did shag her sexual target.

‘That’s not rape.’

The jury believed his version of events and acquitted Motaung of rape.

On the same night Khubaib ‘tried it on’ with the other girl trying to put his hand down her trousers.

She had earlier experiences of Khubaib trying to kiss her and making improper suggestions and brushed his advances off as before.

Jurors also heard how a 15-year-old was told by Khubaib: ‘You make me happy, I’ll give you money.’

He later offered her £90 before saying: ‘You know you want to, all the other girls love it.’

But Khubaib left her alone after realising she had no intention of doing anything in return for any money she accepted.

Khubaib also ‘tried it on’ with a 15-year-old girl who was subjected to the same pattern of grooming in 2012.

Khubaib gave her and her friend some food when they visited his restaurant and when they asked for some alcohol put a bottle of vodka in her bag.

His youngest victim was just 12 years old when she was picked up by Khubaib along with her 14-year-old friend.

He told jurors the older girl, who he met weeks earlier at one of his restaurants, phoned him to ask for help.

‘She said she was hungry, her stomach was hurting, her parents aren’t home so please can you help me by buying some burgers from McDonald’s,’ the father-of-five told jurors.

Asked by his barrister, Mr Jones, why he helped her, Khubaib replied: ‘Because I think if somebody asks help, if their stomach is hurt and somebody really needed help it’s my duty to ... get them something to eat.’

But prior to the incident, Khubaib bombarded the older girl with text messages asking her if she wanted to come to a party or if she wanted vodka.

Khubaib’s final two victims, both aged 14, were found with him and Motaung when they were arrested on 27 January 2013.

Their presence followed what Mr Dennis said was the ‘same pattern of behaviour’ by the men.

‘Earlier befriending of young teenagers, “hooking” them by the lure of alcohol and apparent hospitality, trying to lead them to a state whereby the girls were compliant, happy to be with older men and could be seduced into engaging in sexual activity for the pleasure of men,’ he added.