Rotherham child grooming suspect remanded in custody by magistrates

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A Rotherham child grooming suspect will be kept in custody until his next court date after appearing before magistrates.

Basharat Hussain, 38, from Goole, appeared at Rotherham Magistrates Court this morning after being arrested at Manchester Airport on Wednesday on suspicion of 15 offences, alleged to have occurred between 1996 and 2001.

No details were given in court about his whereabouts prior to his arrest, but prosecutor Diane Goodwill said there were ‘substantial grounds to believe he would fail to surrender to custody, commit further offences or interfere with witnesses’ if bailed.

Hussain, who represented himself due to the ongoing legal aid strike, made no application for bail at the hearing and was remanded in custody by magistrates. He will next appear at Sheffield Crown Court on September 7, with a number of other defendants charged as part of the same operation. Hussain is accused of offences including rape, gross indecency towards a child and false imprisonment.