A BANGLADESHI student accused of raping two 14-year-old schoolgirls behaved differently in the UK than he would have at home, a court heard.
It was suggested that Ferdoush Hasan, 22, acted in a way that would have been unacceptable in his own country while he was studying at South Tyneside College.
In her closing speech at Newcastle Crown Court, prosecutor Anne Richardson asked the jury to consider the notion of “what goes on tour stays on tour” in relation to Hasan’s behaviour.
Hasan is charged with rape, and is also jointly accused of raping another 14-year-old schoolgirl, with fellow students Abu Suffian, 21, and Raabsan Khan, 19, within days of the first alleged assault.
All three men, of Ocean Road, South Shields, deny the joint charge of rape. Hasan also denies the solo rape charge.
Miss Richardson, suggested that there was “one rule for home and one rule for the UK” in regard to the nautical science student, Hasan, who admitted drinking alcohol in England, despite it being against his religion.
She told the court the defendants were aware they shouldn’t have had girls in their house, and after a college chairwoman discovered teenage girls at the address, she was “so incensed” she slapped Hasan’s face.
Of the alleged victims, she said: “These girls were young, foolish and somewhat naive and vulnerable.
“We have to consider the alleged victims, and I concede neither of them are angels, but the prosecution say it’s particularly because of the fact they are vulnerable that we have to consider their evidence.
“All these defendants are very intelligent. They never thought those girls would even complain, let alone be believed. They have scant regard to them as people, as individuals.”
Tom Moran, defending Hasan, said: “Whether we like it or not, the reality is that people sometimes do have sex in circumstances that other people wouldn’t dream of. People do have encounters like this – especially when there’s drink involved.”
The court heard that Khan volunteered his telephone to police, but despite a court order being made, cell site analysis was never carried out.
The defence claim that there was a “complete failure” to investigate the phone by police, and had the analysis been carried out, Khan could have been proven to have been away from the address at the time he and Sufian were alleged to have held down a girl while Hasan raped her.
It is claimed that photographs on the phone would have shown both Khan and Sufian to be at South Shields beach at the time of the alleged attack at Beaufront Terrace, South Shields.
The defence has suggested that the gir;s concocted the allegations between them, and that the alleged ‘gang rape’ never happened.
Peter Walsh, defending Khan, said: “If it really was that type of attack, would she not have warned her friends categorically and unambiguously that this took place and don’t go there in any circumstances?”
* The trial continues.