THE teenage victim who gave evidence against a Bangladeshi student who raped her was today praised by a police chief.
The girl was just 14 when she was attacked by Ferdoush Hasan, 22, at his house in South Shields.
He 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 was found guilty of rape at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, and was remanded in custody, awaiting sentence.
Along with co-accused Abu Sufian, 21, and Raabsan Khan, 19, he was found not guilty of a second joint charge of rape, during which Sufian and Khan were alleged to have held down another girl while Hasan raped her.
After the verdicts, South Tyneside’s senior police officer praised the 14-year-old rape victim for having the courage to give evidence against Hasan and vowed those targeting vulnerable children would be brought to justice.
Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: “This investigation started when officers received reports of disorder around a South Shields address and during inquiries two allegations of rape were made.
“The victim had visited Ferdoush Hasan’s address, where she was offered alcohol and drugs before being attacked.
“It became clear Ferdoush Hasan cruelly exerted his influence over the vulnerability of this young woman for his own sexual satisfaction.
“This offence had a profound effect on the victim, and I want to praise her for coming forward and having the courage to give evidence against this man in what I am in no doubt, have been very difficult circumstances.”
Ch Supt Dawes said the girl is still receiving support and added: “This case was about the actions of an individual and nothing more.
“The public can be reassured that safeguarding children is a major element in helping us reduce harm to the most vulnerable of our communities.”