Mosque teacher denies sex attacks
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 10year period 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. between 1996
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.