Sex accused Shakil Munir sent 'explicit' Facebook messages to girl

A taxi driver accused of having sex with two schoolgirls deactivated his Facebook account after he was confronted by one of the girl's mothers, a court has heard.

Shakil Munir had lots of young female friends on his profile, Teesside Crown Court was told.

And he sent one girl explicit messages about sex, the jury heard.

The 32-year-old, from Middlesbrough, and three others from the town, deny sexual exploitation charges.

Munir, from Tollesby Road, was accused of stopping in a lay-by on the A19 for sex with a 14-year-old after she asked him to take her to a 24-hour shop for cigarettes in the early hours.

'Being stupid'

He previously told the jury they did not have sex and he believed the girl was 16 when he took her for a drive in January.

When he returned, the girl's mother confronted twice-married Munir about his Facebook conversations with her daughter.

"I was just being stupid," Mr Munir told the court. "I should have known better."

Bradford-born Munir is also charged with having sex with a 13-year-old who was in care. The offence was said to have happened in the same week he allegedly took the 14-year-old to the lay-by for sex.

He denies five counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of child abduction.

His co-accused - 18-year-olds Junaid Butt and Ibrar Mahmood, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons - also deny the charges against them.

The trial continues.

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