Mosque teacher de­nies sex at­tacks

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY JOHANNA CARR

A for­mer teacher at a mosque is to stand trial ac­cused of in­de­cently as­sault­ing girls as young as five.

Mo­hammed Haji Sad­dique, 80, is charged with 15 of­fences re­lat­ing to four dif­fer­ent girls over a 10- year pe­riod be­tween 1996 and 2006.

Ap­pear­ing at Cardiff Crown Court yes­ter­day, the pensioner, who taught at a mosque in the Welsh cap­i­tal, pleaded not guilty to all of the of­fences.

Seven charges re­lated to al­le­ga­tions of in­de­cent as­sault on two of the girls be­tween 1996 and 2001.

The other eight charges re­lated to al­le­ga­tions of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the other two com­plainants by touch­ing, be­tween 2004 and 2006.

The court heard that the girls were aged be­tween five and 11 at the time of the al­leged of­fences.

In Novem­ber when Sad­dique, of Lake Road East, Cyn­coed, Cardiff, was charged, South Wales Po­lice said he taught at the Mad­ina Mosque in Cardiff from 1976 un­til 2006.

They added that he has had no in­volve­ment with the mosque since then.

Sad­dique was granted con­di­tional bail to ap­pear at the court for trial on June 5.

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