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'She sent me an indecent photo', says Walsall taxi driver accused of sex with girl aged 14

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A Walsall taxi driver who allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl initially denied knowledge of her then admitted they had met, in a police interview, a court heard.

Nawaz Ahmed, aged 36, is accused of three counts of having sexual activity with a child and another of taking an indecent image of a child.

The girl, who is now 16 and has learning difficulties, told a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court that she felt she had been 'groomed' by the man, who had initially picked her up with family members.

Ahmed formerly worked for A1 City Cars in Bloxwich between March or April 2014 but since his arrest in December 2014 has worked as a delivery driver.

She said Ahmed, of Hucker Road, was aware of her age and that she was just a child.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "He said: 'how old are you?' He asked me and I said."

But Ahmed, who spoke through a translator, denied ever having sex with the girl and that the indecent picture he is accused to have taken was sent to him by her.

Asked about the photo by his barrister Mr Mohammed Hafeez, Ahmed said: "I felt ashamed. I deleted it straight away. I think it was more than one but I had not seen more than one."

And Ahmed told the court that he had received suggestive text messages from the girl but asked her mother to tell her to stop.

The case continues.

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