Islamic preacher accused of raping child in mosque

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An Islamic preacher is standing trial accused of raping a schoolgirl at his mosque 15 years ago.

It is alleged that 64 year old Khandaker Rahman, pushed the child into a washroom and carried out the attack while her younger brother was nearby.

Rahman, of Cwmdu, Swansea, the Imam at a south Wales mosque, is accused of two further sexual assaults on the girl, who was at junior school.

On Tuesday 17th March 2020 Rhman denied the charges at Swansea Crown Court.

Jurors heard how the girl, who cannot be identified, kept the alleged attacks secret for more than 10 years before confiding in her husband.

Prosecutor John Hipkin recounted the incidents, saying: "The girl asked if she could leave early and he agreed if she helped him move some books from the library upstairs.

"On the way there he pushed her into a washroom and she fell onto the floor, banging her head.

"The next thing she remembers is Rahman on top of her."

The court heard the young girl fled the mosque with her younger brother and got into her father's car which was parked outside.

Giving evidence, the woman, now in her twenties, said she was left feeling guilty.

She told the court she had returned to the mosque and Mr Rahman indecently assaulted her on two separate occasions before she stopped going.

Mr Hipkin added: "She kept what had happened a secret until 2018 when she disclosed it to her husband and police were called in."

Rahman, of Cwmdu, Swansea, denies rape and two charges of sexual assault by touching a girl under 13.

The trial continues.

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