A man accused of having sex with a young girl when she was just 11-years-old says he has never met her, an Old Bailey trial heard this week.
Harmohan Nangpal ran a smoking stall on Aylesbury Market until 2013, and the girl, who is known as Woman A, says that he had sex with her in his van close to the market on a number of occasions.
Nangpal appeared on Monday at a trial of eleven men charged with a string of offences against two girls, when details of his interviews with police were discussed.
He was arrested in September 2014 as part of Thames Valley Police’s Operation Articulate, which investigated historic child sex abuse in Aylesbury.
In the interview, on September 2, Nangpal was told that he was arrested on suspicion of rape of a child under 13, and declined to consult with a solicitor.
He said: “I haven’t done anything so why do I need a solicitor. I will help in any way and I’m going to try and tell you everything, I have a clean heart and I don’t have a problem answering anything because I have nothing to hide.”
He added: “I don’t know her, I can’t remember, I used to have a stall and a lot of boys and girl customers used to come and go.”
And when asked if he had ever paid for sex, Nangpal, who is originally from India and has been married since 2005, said: “I wouldn’t pay any girls or do anything like that, there would be no point.
“I’m a businessman and have money, I could go and pay someone to have sex, and I’m supposed to have had sex with an underage girl?”
He added: “That is not something I would do, the money I would spend on that I spend on nice things for my children and wife.”
The case continues...