Carlisle takeaway boss 'gave' girl money

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A Carlisle man accused of inciting child prostitution has admitted giving money to a girl because she "needed it" and not in return for sexual favours.

Azad Miah, 44, also told Carlisle Crown Court he started having affairs within seven years of his marriage.

Mr Miah denies eight counts of paying for the sexual services of a child, eight of inciting child prostitution and one count of keeping a brothel.

The charges relate to when he ran The Spice of India takeaway in Botchergate.

Stephen Meadowcroft QC, defending, described how Mr Miah had three relationships with different women.

The most recent with one of the prosecution witnesses.

Mr Meadowcroft said: "She says from the age of 14 you were treating her as a prostitute. Is there any truth in that?"

"No," Mr Miah replied.

Mr Miah admitted giving the girl money and said the reason for that was because "she needed it".

He also insisted he had only ever had relationships with women older than 16 years old.

The case continues at Carlisle Crown Court.

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