Camden man accused of raping girl, 15, as part of sex ring

Members of the alleged sex ring appeared at Southwark Crown Court

Members of the alleged sex ring appeared at Southwark Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A Camden man has appeared in court accused of being part of a sex ring which allegedly raped a 15-year-old and plied another victim with a cocktail of drugs.

Jamaal Evans, 29, of Clarence Gardens, has been banned from being in a private place with anyone under the age of 16, while he awaits trial accused of raping the 15-year-old between September last year and January 2015.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court along with four other alleged members of the gang on Thursday.

The four men and one woman allegedly carried out a string of linked sexual offences involving two female victims between April 2014 and January 2015.

Paul Silverthorn, 35, Faham Jaffer, 33, and Daniel Trinnaman, 20, also face charges of raping the 15-year-old.

Silverthorn, 35, is accused of forcing a mixture of legal highs on a girl at a flat near Piccadilly Circus ‘to enable any person to engage in a sexual activity’ with her between April and September last year, it is claimed.

Leila Kassam, 30, of Mornington Road, Leytonstone is accused of taking part in the sexual assault.

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Kassam is said to have ‘intentionally arranged or facilitated’ her rape at Coventry House, in Haymarket, and is accused of sexually assaulting the girl.

Silverthorn, of Mornington Road, Leytonstone, faces further charges for possessing and distributing prohibited images of a child, and Trinnaman, of Ventnor Avenue, Stanmore, is said to have sent threatening Facebook messages to a witness involved in police proceedings relating to the offences.

The five defendants will reappear in court on January 28 next year ahead of their trial on May 9.

The group were released on conditional bail and prohibited from contacting the victims or any witnesses involved in the case.

Silverthorn and Kassam must report to Stratford Police Station every day between 12-4pm.

They, along with Jaffer, of High Street, Colliers Wood, and Evans must not be in a private place with anyone under 16 without permission while on bail.