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Rape accused ‘groomed girls for sex’

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  • by KARON KELLY
 

THREE students on trial for rape ‘groomed’ their teenage schoolgirl victims by letting them drink and smoke at their home, a court heard.

The trio are said to have taken advantage of two vulnerable 14-year-olds who claim they were raped at a flat in South Shields.

One girl says she was held down by Raabsan Khan and Abu Sufian while Ferdoush Hasan raped her in a sickening attack last year.

Just days earlier, another 14-year-old visitor to the property in Beaufront Terrace, South Shields, was taken into one of the rooms and raped by Hasan, jurors heard.

The house was occupied by multiple foreign students, including the trio from Bangladesh, who were studying at South Tyneside College.

It is claimed they took advantage of the girls, who were allowed to drink and smoke at the flat, despite being underage.

Hasan, 22, Khan, 19, and Sufian, 21, who were all in the UK on student visas, have denied a joint charge of rape.

Hasan denies a further rape charge relating to the first, lone attack.

The men, now of Ocean Road, South Shields, are being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Prosecutor Anne Richardson said: “The Crown’s case is that these defendants took advantage of young girls who were vulnerable, who were drinking alcohol and smoking although underage, who came to the defendants’ then-house in order to have somewhere to do both those things.

“Many will wonder what on earth are young girls like this doing going to the house of men older than they were, who spoke very little English, and with whom they had no friendly relationship.

“It was precisely because these girls were young, vulnerable and foolish the defendants felt they could act in the way the Crown alleges.

“Basically these young girls could be used for sex, and either they would not say anything for fear of getting themselves into trouble or, if they did say anything, because of their background and circumstances of how

they came to be in the house, no one would believe them.”

The court heard the first girl was attacked when she went to the house with friends after drinking half a litre of vodka.

She said the men inside were all “dark skinned and just lying on the beds”.

While at the house it is claimed Hasan took her by the arm and led her to a room, where he raped her.

Miss Richardson said: “She did not shout for her friends: she thought they would not be able to hear, as they were on the top floor and they were on the middle.

“She tried to push him off, to no avail, as her arms were pinned down by his hands.”

The second attack involved all three men, it is claimed.

The alleged victim had gone to the house with a friend, who then left.

It is claimed the rape attack happened soon after her friend had gone.

Miss Richardson said: “Sufian and Khan grabbed hold of her arms and pinned her down. They would not stop.”

All three men deny the charges against them.

The trial continues.

 
 
 

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