Eddy Shah accused of raping girl of 14: Tycoon ‘had sex sessions with child and prostitute’

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And then there are vile cunts like Eddie Shah.

 

 

 

  • Shah, 69, accused of repeatedly raping girl in hotel suites in early 1990s
  • Old Bailey hears girl was ‘made to strip before he had unprotected sex’
  • Escort girl Susan Davies, 53, would ‘join in sessions with Shah and girl’
  • She also pimped girl out to lover Anthony Pallant, 53, court heard today
  • Shah, Pallant and Davies all deny all the charges

By SAM GREENHILL

PUBLISHED: 13:16, 7 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:20, 8 May 2013

 

Former newspaper owner Eddy Shah repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl during sex sessions with a prostitute, a court heard yesterday.

Shah, founder of the now defunct Today newspaper, raped the teenager on six occasions in the early 1990s, it was alleged.

He paid prostitute Susan Davies for sex in ‘smart hotel rooms’, and she brought along the girl, the Old Bailey was told.

Eddy Shah, 69, pictured here with wife Jennifer outside the Old Bailey today, denies raping the schoolgirl in the early 1990sEddy Shah, 69, pictured here with wife Jennifer outside the Old Bailey today, denies raping the schoolgirl in the early 1990s

 

On one occasion, the youngster claims Shah told her while raping her that he had ‘planned this since I was a little girl’, it was said.

Yesterday Davies, 53, sat in the dock alongside Shah, 69, for the start of their four-week trial.

She is charged with child cruelty and with aiding and abetting the rape and indecent assault of the schoolgirl by Shah. She is also accused of pimping out the youngster to a second man, businessman Anthony Pallant, who is accused of rape and indecent assault.

Susan Davies, 53, outside Old Bailey
Anthony Pallant

Susan Davies, 53, left, and her former lover Anthony Pallant, also 53, right, deny the charges against them

The girl did not tell police for nearly 20 years. Now 34, she was composed and clear as she gave evidence from the witness stand yesterday.

Gillian Etherton QC, prosecuting, said Shah, Davies and Pallant were arrested on sex charges in September 2011. All three deny the accusations, accusing the girl of ‘a series of lies, malice or pure fantasy that never happened’.

But Miss Etherton said: ‘These allegations are about child abuse.

‘She was a young girl who should have had the protection of the considerably older adults around her.

‘Instead, she was used by these adults for their own selfish personal needs resulting in her sexual abuse.’

Miss Etherton said Davies, of Swanley, Kent, was pivotal to the case and had worked for many years as a prostitute, slipping out in the evenings after working in the shop that she ran with her husband. ‘She is a woman of few moral scruples,’ added the QC.

She told the jury the alleged  victim ‘was taken to a hotel where [Susan Davies] had clearly arranged to see and perform sexual favours for Eddy Shah’.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard that the girl had to have sex with Shah in various upmarket hotelsJurors at the Old Bailey heard that the girl had to have sex with Shah in various upmarket hotels

 

She waited outside a room and, ‘a short while later Mr Shah came out, knelt down in front of her and asked if she wanted to come through to the adjoining room.

‘She refused and said no.’

Davies is alleged to have turned on the youngster as soon as they left the suite, telling the girl: ‘You better ****ing do it next time.’

On the next occasion, the three met at a hotel and the girl was ordered to strip, and Shah had unprotected sex with her while the prostitute watched, the court heard. In the dock, Shah, wearing a tieless blue shirt and grey suit, slowly shook his head.

Eddy Shah, 69, from Kington Langley, near Chippenham in Wiltshire, denies the chargesEddy Shah, 69, from Kington Langley, near Chippenham in Wiltshire, denies the charges

 

Shah’s wife of 40 years, the actress Jennifer White Shah, who uses a wheelchair after her back was damaged during bouts of lifesaving cancer treatment, listened to the evidence from the side of the court.

The prosecutor said the girl eventually became ‘used’ to the abuse.

‘She said, to deal with it, she switched off and became robotic during these events,’ said Miss Etherton. ‘At this point in her teenage years, she now cared very little about herself and had little self-respect or respect for adults.’

The girl said that the last time she had sex with Shah was when she was 15.

Miss Etherton said Davies had had an extra-marital affair with Pallant, of West Malling, Kent, and had become ‘obsessed’ with him, and had used the girl as a ‘bargaining object’ to maintain her affair.

Shah launched Today in 1986 and was known for bringing in new technology and colour pages. He sold his newspaper empire in 1988.

Shah, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, owned and ran the Wiltshire Golf and Country Club in Royal Wootton Bassett, before putting it on the market for £3.5million. It was sold in February this year.

The trial continues.

EDDY SHAH:  NEWSPAPER PROPRIETOR, PROPERTY DEVELOPER AND GOLF COURSE OWNER

Born Selim Shah in 1944 to an English mother and Iranian father, Shah was educated at Gordonstoun and a crammer in Brighton.

Finally achieving nine O-levels, he didn’t go to university and instead began his career working as a theatre stage manager.

Shah moved on to the BBC and Granada where he worked as a floor manager on shows including Coronation Street, before working at the Manchester Evening News.

When he was made redundant by the paper in 1976, he decided he would never work for anyone else again, and sold his first house in Sale for £14,000 to start his own free newspapers.

Over the next decade, Shah’s business took off, and he eventually built up a portfolio of 60 newspaper titles.

In 1983 he confronted the trade unions at his Warrington printworks and Manchester newspaper offices, and as owner of the Warrington Messenger he sacked six workers using the new Labour Laws.  His home was picketed for months, he was sent death threats including coffins delivered to his house, and earned the nickname the ‘Shah of Warrington’.

Shah, pictured at the 1984 AIMS of Industry awards with then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saw off the unions in 1983 Shah, pictured at the 1984 AIMS of Industry awards with then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saw off the unions in 1983

In 1986, Shah launched Today, then seen as extremely technologically-advanced with its full colour offset printing at a time when newspapers were still using Linotype machines and letterpress.

Launched as a rival to the Daily Mail, the paper was inspired by American newspaper USA Today and had Alastair Campbell as political editor and his girlfriend (now wife) Fiona Millar as news editor.  Today was bought by Tiny Rowland’s Lonrho a few months later.

Shah went on to launch the unsuccessful national tabloid The Post in 1988, but by 1989 he’d sold his entire newspaper group.

In 1989 he set up Messenger TV company, before moving to the US and writing four novels: The Lucy Ghosts (1991), Ring Of Red Roses (1992), Manchester Blue (1993), and Fallen Angels (1994).  In 2008 a further novel, thriller Second World, was published.

Shah now owns and runs golf courses, leisure centres and hotels in cluding the Wiltshire Golf and Country Club at Royal Wootton Bassett.  He has also dabbled in property development with a scheme of 44 holiday homes at his Wiltshire golf club.

He is married to actress Jennifer White Shah and they have three children.

 

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