Sheffield man accused of child prostitution offences cries himself to sleep over false allegations, court told

Shane Whiteley, 30, is accused of prostituting Girl A in Sheffield in 2009. He denies the allegations.
Shane Whiteley, 30, is accused of prostituting Girl A in Sheffield in 2009. He denies the allegations.

A Sheffield man accused of prostituting young girls for his own gain, cries himself to sleep at night over the allegations, a court heard.

It is alleged that Shane Whiteley of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe forced Girl A to prostitute herself, both from his flat in Victoria Court, West Street and in the red light district of the city, and that he ‘had her raped’ when she refused to sell herself in 2009.

Whiteley told Sheffield Crown Court that he had only come into contact with Girl A, who was aged between 15 and 16-years-old at the time of the allegations, to sell her ‘a bit of draw’.

The 30-year-old told the court he believed she was making the allegations up ‘for money’.

When prosecutor Peter Hampton asked Whiteley if Girl A’s reasons for making the allegations kept him up at night, Whiteley said: “I cry myself to sleep. I never did any of that.

He added: "If any of this has happened why wouldn’t she have said it at the time? When I was living at Victoria Court they had cameras all over the place. If any of this was happening it would have been picked up.

"The girl is deluded in her head.”

Whiteley is alleged to have prostituted Girl A, who cannot be named for legal reasons, along with his younger brothers Christopher Whiteley, 23, and Matthew Whiteley, 24, both of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe and their friend Andres Francis Edge, 25 of Wheatley Road, Parson Cross.

Mr Hampton told the court how on February 28, 2009 Whiteley was seen with his brother Christopher Whiteley and Girl A walking towards the red light district of Sheffield.

He reiterated evidence previously given to the court by PC Batty who recalled stopping the group and taking the details of a man who gave Shane Whiteley’s name, his date of birth and his mother’s address in Parson Cross.

Whiteley was living at the flat in Victoria Court at this time.

Whiteley told the court that he was not the man stopped by PC Batty, and that he did not know why his details had been given to the officer.

He said: “I have never been stopped there with Girl A.

"I have got no reason to give a fake address. It wouldn’t have made any difference, they were round my house every day so I couldn’t have given my mum’s address because they would have known.”

Whiteley told the court that Girl A had been taken back to his flat by Christopher and Matthew Whiteley to buy cannabis from him on three or four occasions.

Mr Hampton asked Whiteley if it was a ‘big coincidence’ that Girl A had been arrested at his flat on two of those occasions, to which Whiteley said: ‘Seems like it, yeah, a big coincidence.”

Whiteley is among six defendants accused of 42 child prostitution offences alleged to have been carried out against nine victims in Sheffield between 2005 and 2012.

The defendants deny all charges.

The trial continues.