THREE students have appeared in court and denied raping a teenage girl in South Tyneside.
Ferdoush Hasan, 22, Raabsan Khan, 19, and Abu Sufian, 21, all pleaded not guilty to a joint charge of rape.
The alleged attack, on a 15-year-old girl, happened in South Shields on Sunday, February 12 last year.
Hasan also denied a second charge of rape, relating to a different alleged victim a month before.
The Bangladeshi students will be tried by a jury later this month.
The trio, all of Ocean Road, South shields, were granted bail in the meantime.