South Shields man accused of raping teenager


A SOUTH Tyneside man has appeared in court accused of repeatedly raping a teenager.

Hassan Akhtar, 37, told his victim she should not complain because ‘men like this sort of thing’, Durham Crown Court heard.

Sarah Mallett, prosecuting, told a jury the rapes took place in two locations over a three-month period.

Akhtar, of Dean Road, South Shields, is alleged to have coaxed or forced the girl to perform different sex acts with him up to twice a week.

“Matters came to light when she told some friends what had been happening,” said Ms Mallett.

The court heard 50-year-old Muriel Coleman helped Akhtar find his victim.

Coleman, of Church Square, Brandon, Durham, admits two charges of assisting or encouraging rape.

She is due to give evidence for the prosecution during the trial.

The jury was told the evidence against Akhtar includes DNA from bedding.

Ms Mallett added: “Akhtar was interviewed by police during which he denied he had had sex with the young woman.

“He said his DNA was on the bedding because he had had sex with Coleman at her invitation.

“He told police he was aware Coleman was short of money, because she had asked for a loan of a few hundred pounds.

“Akhtar said he was happy to lend her the money, but was unable to give it to her straight away.

“He said Coleman was annoyed about that, which is why she is trying to ‘fit him up’ with the rape of the younger woman.”

Akhtar denies four charges of rape, and one charge of attempted rape.

* The trial continues