Normanton shopkeeper denies rape and says he prays five times a day

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A Normanton shopkeeper accused of a string of sexual offences denies the crimes and says he prays five times a day and attends a mosque, a court has heard.

Derby Crown Court was today read police interviews Dilan Amin gave to police after he had been arrested.

Amin, of Pear Tree Road, Normanton, is charged with offences including rape of a child and sexual assault against seven alleged victims, all of which he denies.

One of his alleged victims, who was 15-years-old at the time, was raped at the International Hotel in Burton Road, Derby, the court heard.

The jury at his trial was read out an interview in which he discussed this incident. The interview was read out by a police officer who interviewed him and a member of the prosecution team.

The trial had earlier been told that the girl was not asked for identification when she went to the hotel with Amin and another girl and another male.

He said: "If she is 15, even 16 or 17, I am not going to take her to hotel. She had ID there, had bank account."

He said the girl told him she was 18 and a couple of months away from being 19.

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Amin said: "I pray five times a day. I go to the mosque. I do not use drugs at all." He added: "She told me I promise you Dilan I am 18."

Prior to the International Hotel meeting, which happened in December 2016, he said he asked for the girl's number "three of four times". He was asked if she knew how old the girl was when he asked for her number. He replied: "No."

In the interview he said he came to the UK in 2007 from Iraq.

Some of the alleged incidents took place at his flat near the Famous Shop in Normanton, which he ran. He denies this.

He denied this. He added: "My landlord will not let anyone come to the house."

Amin faces two charges of rape of a child, two charges of rape, four charges of inciting a child for prostitution, four charges of sexual assault, one charge of paying for sexual services and one charge of supplying cocaine.

He denies the charges. The trial continues.