Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Names, please.

 Last week, we heard about 'wild West' shenanigans in the once-respectable Spinney Hills District of Leicester. A muslim restaurant there was trashed by a mob of 40  Sikhs - or, 'men in turbans' as the BBC chose to cloak it, apparently after rumours that one more muslims had sexually attacked a young Sikh girl.
The police and Sir Peter Soulsby have denied these rumours as "myths", or superciliously ignored queries about the matter from a member of the public in the latter's case.


Although not privy to the details of the case, people will see these denials, etc., as a bad sign. Odd that only one particular property was destroyed, I wonder why they in particular were targetted? Had the police investigated the 'rumours' adequately before issuing a statement so quickly?
The story is in the Leicester Mercury here:
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Peace-talks-held-rampage-Moghul-Durbar-restaurant/story-17880361-detail/story.html

Now this week, we have had a hearing at the Magistrates' Court involving 5 men on very nasty charges. They include: trafficking for sexual exploitation; arranging or facilitating prostitution; controlling a child involved in prostitution; inciting child prostitution and paying for sexual services. We've heard this before, haven't we?  It looks like it's now Leicester's turn to host our share of  'groomers' in the dock.

The magistrates today declared that the charges are too serious to hear in their Court and have sent the case on to Crown Court. Well of course they are; was the decision to hold it in a lower Court a ham-fisted attempt to try and get this case by without the public noticing? We can't have this wonderful model of multicultural enrichment - Leicester! - besmirched by these goings on!

The odd thing is that the Magistrates have banned the Press from naming those charged. I wonder why? Of course, it might be that nice Mr. Jones and his 4 friends from the allotments who are the wretched suspects in this case. But somehow, I doubt it. All will be revealed eventually, there are many more people keeping an eye on these kind of cases now.
This story is in the Leicester Mercury here:
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/men-appear-Leicester-court-sex-offences/story-17930934-detail/story.html

Update:
Chandresh Mistry (37), of Berridge Lane, Belgrave, Leicester, appeared before city magistrates today charged with causing or persuading a child aged 16 to become a prostitute.
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Leicester-man-court-alleged-exploitation-16-year/story-18024243-detail/story.html

Further update: the other 5 have been named
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Child-exploitation-case-ndash-court/story-18100272-detail/story.html#ixzz2KPyM5wum
   Well done to the Leicester Mercury for getting the ridiculous ban lifted.

1 comment:

David H said...

One man named....
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Leicester-man-court-alleged-exploitation-16-year/story-18024243-detail/story.html

FIVE to go, i wonder why we have the silence?