Boy ‘killed himself after being raped’ (Copied from “This is Leicestershire”)

By Adrian Troughton

A 15-year-old boy took his own life after being raped and sexually abused by a care worker at a children’s home, a court heard.

Aaron Leafe tied a cord around his neck following an alleged three years of abuse by Anwar Ismail.

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    The trial started yesterday at Leicester Crown Court

During the first day of a trial at Leicester Crown Court yesterday, prosecutor Mary Prior told the jury the troubled teenager left a note saying he could not get over what had happened to him.

Ms Prior said: “Aaron took his own life on June 12, 2010.

“He had written a couple of notes and a letter to his dad. It said he was upset at getting blamed for something he had not done.

“It said: ‘Can’t get over what’s happened with me and Anwar. I hate him so much’.”

Ms Prior told the court Ismail (31) first abused Aaron when he was 12.

She said the defendant, a former security guard, befriended the boy while he was employed as a care worker at the Woodland Retreat children’s home, in Chantry Lane, off Groby Road, Leicester, in 2007. Ms Prior said: “The defendant was his carer in this children’s home.

“He groomed him and he abused him there.”

The court heard Ismail, of Matlock Street, Spinney Hills, Leicester, was suspended and then dismissed from the home in 2008, after forcibly restraining Aaron for poor behaviour.

The teenager was moved to a children’s home in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and tried to break all contact with Ismail.

But the abuse continued, it is alleged. Ms Prior said the defendant rented a flat in Nottingham so he could continue to meet Aaron and abuse him.

Ms Prior told the court: “After the defendant was dismissed from there, he continued to meet Aaron and sexually assault him.”

Ms Prior said on one occasion Ismail called Aaron 111 times in one day.

She said the defendant told Aaron he loved him and got his sister to tell the boy he was suffering from cancer.

Aaron had lived a tragic life, going into care at the age of 11.

Ms Prior said his parents had split up after his father was jailed for assaulting his mother.

Within two weeks of being taken into care, Aaron was raped by another boy.

He was moved to two other temporary homes before being taken to Woodland Retreat as a more permanent option.

Ms Prior said: “The defendant began a process of grooming Aaron. He had read his file and therefore knew about all of his difficulties.

“He began to form a close bond between Aaron and himself. He broke the rules of the home and his training in order to do so.”

Ms Prior said Ismail gave Aaron cigarettes and taught him how to drive.

She said the defendant had sex with Aaron in a staff room at the home after attempting to do so on other occasions.

Staff at Woodlands were concerned about the relationship between the pair but Ismail was a domineering character and often got his own way, the court was told.

She said Aaron finally reported the abuse on April 11, 2010, to a carer he had begun to trust.

After he was arrested, Ismail denied all the charges and said he had had no contact with Aaron after he left Woodland Retreat.

Ismail denies 10 offences, which allegedly took place between January 17, 2007 and June 30, 2010.

He pleaded not guilty to one charge of rape on December 9, 2009, one of attempted rape between January 2007 and June 2010 and one of sexual assault between March and April 2010.

He also pleaded not guilty to four charges of sexual activity with a child, and three charges of abducting a child between December 2009 and May 2010.

The trial continues.

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