An Imam sexually assaulted two children while he was employed to teach them about the Quran, Northampton Crown Court has heard.

Abdul Matin, 41, is accused of sexually touching the youngsters, kissing them, and sitting one of them on his lap during lessons.

Both children also said he hit them with a hairbrush as punishment.

Mr Matin, from Albert Road in Wellingborough, said the children had invented the claims.

Police were first alerted to the case after one of the youngsters told a school teacher about the classes.

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