Land­lord ver­dict

Turk evicted chil­dren from home

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page - Sarah Hil­ley

A turk­ish land­lord ac­cused of sex­u­ally abus­ing two chil­dren evicted them from one of his prop­er­ties.

Oil rig me­chanic ser­dar Yasa, of prest­wick, de­nied at­tack­ing the 10 and 11- year- old sis­ters at a swim­ming pool and while they slept in their beds, ayr sher­iff Court heard. He later evicted the fam­ily from their home.

One vic­tim told the court she had at­tempted sui­cide be­cause of the abuse.

Yasa was found not proven to the al­le­ga­tions dur­ing a four- day trial.

A land­lord ac­cused of sex­u­ally abus­ing two chil­dren who lived in one of his rented prop­er­ties be­fore he evicted them has been cleared.

Oil rig me­chanic Ser­dar Yasa, of Prest­wick, de­nied at­tack­ing the 10 and 11- year- old sis­ters at the Mag­num swim­ming pool and while they slept in their beds, Ayr Sher­iff Court heard.

He later evicted the fam­ily from their Ayr­shire home.

The court heard he ini­ti­ated some as­saults by ask­ing for mas­sages and asked one “don’t you want to play any more” when she backed away from touch­ing his pri­vates.

One vic­tim told the court she had at­tempted sui­cide be­cause of the abuse.

Yasa, who owns mul­ti­ple rented homes lo­cally, de­nied the al­le­ga­tions dur­ing a trial. A jury found the case not proven last week.

He had re­cently wed his wife when some of the al­leged at­tacks were said to have taken place. De­pute fis­cal Hay­ley Robert­son said Yasa “abused trust” and “abused those chil­dren”.

Ms Robert­son said the youngest vic­tim was called into a bed­room to give Yasa a mas­sage and she rubbed his col­lar bone and neck. But he then forced her to touch his pri­vates, the pros­e­cu­tor said. Ms Robert­son de­scribed an­other time when he was ac­cused of grop­ing the girl in­de­cently in the Mag­num in Irvine. The fis­cal said: “She told you that she swam away. She re­ally didn’t like this.” An­other time the vic­tim said she woke up to find him as­sault­ing her.

Ms Robert­son said: “She didn’t sleep that night. She was up all night. She was pet­ri­fied.”

Ms Robert­son said: “She didn’t know at the time if it was right or wrong. She hadn’t had sex ed­u­ca­tion at school.”

The fis­cal con­tin­ued: “She would self- harm as a re­sult of this. She tried to com­mit sui­cide.”

Yasa, who worked off shore on oil rigs at the time, was ac­cused of mak­ing the girl’s older sis­ter touch him while he lounged on a couch, Ms Robert­son said.

She told the jury: “When she moved her hand he asked her if she didn’t want to play any more.”

She said the abuse came to an end in May 2010 when Yasa’s Turk­ish wife moved to Scot­land.

Solic­i­tor Lorenzo Alonzi showed the jury pho­tos of Yasa en­joy­ing fam­ily oc­ca­sions in Turkey with his wife, who he has two chil­dren with.

Mr Alonzi told the jury: “The law is clear. He is not guilty. He has to prove noth­ing.”

He added: “The Crown has to meet cer­tain min­i­mum stan­dards. They have to pro­vide cor­rob­o­ra­tion.”

He con­tin­ued: “It is not good enough for you to say he is prob­a­bly guilty.”

He de­scribed the vic­tim’s fam­ily as “chaotic” and said so­cial work were in­volved.

Ques­tion­ing the pros­e­cu­tion case, he said: “The pic­ture you get from the Crown is empty.”

He said one of the vic­tims had al­legedly told her boyfriend and ques­tioned why he had not been pre­sented as a wit­ness.

He also said the younger sis­ter’s “ev­i­dence was lack­ing” when she took to the wit­ness stand.

He ques­tioned whether she had been “ma­nip­u­lated” by her mother or older sis­ter into ly­ing.

The solic­i­tor claimed sex ed­u­ca­tion at school hap­pened ear­lier than one of the vic­tims claimed.

He cast doubt on how one of the vic­tims came for­ward with al­le­ga­tions af­ter hear­ing of an­other child ex­pe­ri­enc­ing abuse.

Mr Alonzi said the girl’s mother was un­sta­ble and felt bit­ter to­wards Yasa.

Yasa faced three charges of lewd, in­de­cent and li­bidi­nous be­hav­iour to­wards the chil­dren.

He de­nied sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the 10- year- old at her home and at the Mag­num on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions in 2009.

He pled not guilty to sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her sis­ter aged 11 in 2009.

He de­nied a fur­ther charge of as­sault­ing the girl when she was 12 be­tween 2009 and 2010.

The jury re­turned a not proven ver­dict.

It is not good enough for you to say he is prob­a­bly guilty

Not proven Yasa

Trial Ser­dar Yasa

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