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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Schoolgirl gang raped after being lured to hotel room during sinister game of 'hide and seek'
A schoolgirl was gang raped after being lured into a hotel bathroom during a sinister game of hide and seek.
The 16-year-old was forced into sex at the Victoria Park Hotel, near Rusholme , by a mob who took turns to attack her after deciding she was ‘easy prey’, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Now three of the mob, Muyahdeen Osman, Bilal Ahmed, and Mowled Yussuf - all aged 20 - are beginning lengthy jail terms after being convicted of rape at Manchester Crown Court .
Two others have never been identified.
The court heard the traumatised victim’s ordeal began when she went to Rusholme to meet a man for the first time, having swapped texts with him on Blackberry Messenger.
The man led her to the Victoria Park Hotel, where he and a number of other young men from south Manchester had hired rooms to celebrate Eid.
They had stayed at the hotel past checking out time, and were evading the porter by running along the corridor trying unlocked doors and hiding in rooms.
The girl joined in what she thought was a game - and ended up being pounced on in a bathroom of room 38.
The trio who have been caught - Osman, of Bowdon Avenue, Fallowfield; Ahmed, of Bexington Road, Whalley Range; and Yussuf, of Ravensoak Avenue, Levenshulme - have shown no remorse since they were found guilty at a trial last year.
Yussuf gestured at the public gallery defiantly as he was sent down, Ahmed sought to smear his victim’s character in graphic terms when interviewed by a probation officer, and Osman’s barrister, Michael Goldwater, described them as ‘overheated’ and ‘immature’ men who ‘got carried away’ after the victim made ‘the decision to place herself in that position’.
Sentencing Yussuf to ten years behind bars for rape, Osman, who was also found guilty of an unconnected robbery to 12 years, and Ahmed to nine, Judge David Hernandez criticised the group’s attitudes to women and lack of remorse for their innocent victim.
Sending them down, the judge said: “You all saw her as easy prey. She was a naive and sexually inexperienced, vulnerable young girl. When you and your group of friends were all running around in that hotel, she probably saw this as innocent, childish fun.
“But it all turned sinister when you got her into the bathroom of room 38. You just assumed that you each could do with her as you chose.”