A STUDENT has been found guilty of raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl within weeks of moving to the UK.
Ferdoush Hasan, 22, raped the vulnerable girl at his house in Beaufront Terrace, South Shields, last year.
Hasan, from Bangladesh, led the girl, who had drunk half a litre of vodka, to a room in another part of the house from her friends, where he forced himself on her and raped her.
Hasan, Abu Sufian, 21, and Raabsan Khan, 19, were all found not guilty of a second joint charge of rape of another 14-year-old girl.
After hearing the guilty verdict, Hasan, who had been studying at South Tyneside College, sobbed with his head in his hands, before being led away into custody.
It took the jury just over three hours to reach the unanimous verdicts.
Hasan, of Ocean Road, South Shields, will be sentenced at a later hearing.
Fellow students Khan and Sufian, also of Ocean Road, were escorted from court by police, due to a large English Defence League (EDL) presence outside the building.
Read more on this story in Thursday’s Gazette.