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Girl 'assaulted' by Koran tutor

A Muslim tutor indecently assaulted a young girl as she read the Koran to him, a court was told.

Yusuf Mangera, 52, has denied six counts of indecent assault on the girl over a two-year period beginning in the late 1970s.

Mr Mangera, of St Barnabas Road, Leicester, visited the girl's home to teach her the Koran as arranged by her father, the court heard.

The jury at Leicester Crown Court has retired to consider its verdict.

The court heard the defendant, who was then in his 20s, sent the girl's younger brother out of the room and fondled her as she read to him.

Steven Coupland, prosecuting, said: "No doubt he thought that because of his position and because of her age, either that she wouldn't tell what he was doing to her, or that she wouldn't be believed.

"What he set about doing was something contrary to every rule and every instruction he was teaching her from the Koran."

Mr Mangera told the court there was no touching, accidental or otherwise, that could have been mistaken for a sexual assault.



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