I didn’t prostitute girl, says accused

A Wellington man today denied that he was involved in controlling the prostitution of a teenage girl by taking her to have sex with restaurant workers.

A Wellington man today denied that he was involved in controlling the prostitution of a teenage girl by taking her to have sex with restaurant workers.

Ahdel Ali, 24, who is known as Eddie, said the girl was just a friend and they had ‘chilled out’ together. He told a jury at Stafford Crown Court he used to drive around with the teenager and they smoked cannabis together.

The former factory worker, of Regent Street, Wellington, denies three charges of controlling the girl as a prostitute and three offences of under age sex with the alleged victim.

Asked if he had prostituted the girl at restaurants in Oakengates, Hadley and Wellington, Ali said he had never been to any of them.

He said he had never prostituted the girl, who is now aged 19 and cannot be named, during 2008 and 2009. Ali said that he first met the teenager in 2007, but could not remember who introduced them and during the following year he used to see her once or twice a week and they were friends.

“She was ringing me to pick her up. I was doing deliveries then and she asked to come with me.

“We used to chill out. Drive around and smoke weed.

“That was it,” he said.

Ali also denies allegations of rape, eight other charges of sexual activity with a child, inciting child prostitution and meeting a child after grooming involving three other teenage girls.

The trial continues.