Wednesday, September 28, 2016

selfies with 14-year-old girls before sexually assaulting them in a park'

  • Schoolgirl, 14, 'was sexually assaulted by three men in a park in Newcastle'
  • Allegedly happened moments after friend 'was also molested by attacker'
  • One attacker allegedly typed 'I am interested in you' into Google Translate
  • It is then said to have been shown to one of 14-year-olds before sex attack
On trial: Mohammed Alfrouh, 20, is charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl behind a pavilion in a Newcastle park
On trial: Mohammed Alfrouh, 20, is charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl behind a pavilion in a Newcastle park
Two 14-year-old girls were molested by a gang of Arabic-speaking sex attackers who used Google Translate to find chat-up lines and then took selfies with their victims, a court heard. 

One of the defendants, all of whom have Arabic interpreters in court, had typed into Google Translate 'I am interested in you' and shown it to one of the 14-year-olds before the attack in Leazes Park, Newcastle, a jury heard.

Two of the defendants are also said to have taken selfies with the girls before the alleged sex attacks happened on May 10.

Mohammed Alfrouh, 20, of no fixed address, is accused of kissing one of the 14-year-olds against her will, the day before, in the same park.

He also kissed her by a tree and tried to put his hands down her trousers while undressing himself the following day, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Alfrouh is charged with then sexually assaulting her friend behind a pavilion in the park.

This second schoolgirl was being kissed and groped by Omar Badreddin, 18, of Newcastle, at the time, the prosecution claim.

The second alleged victim also claims Mohammed Allakkoud, 18, of Newcastle, held her mouth and nose while the two others carried out the attack.

Alfrouh denies three counts of sexual assault, and Badreddin and Allakkoud deny the single charge of sexual assault.

Lee Fish, prosecuting, said: 'They were all in it together. It's what lawyers refer to as a joint enterprise.'

The prosecution said the schoolgirls and the men only met for the first time on the afternoon of May 9.

Mr Fish said Badreddin 'made it clear he was attracted to' the second schoolgirl the following day 'when he typed into a mobile telephone the words "I am interested in you".

'This was typed, the evidence will suggest, into Google Translate.

Omar Badreddin
Mohammed Allakkoud
Omar Badreddin (left), 18, is accused of kissing and groping a 14-year-old schoolgirl while 18-year-old Mohammed Allakkoud (right) allegedly held her mouth and nose during the attack

'That's how Mr Badreddin communicated that information to (the girl).
'Mr Badreddin also took a number of selfies.'

Mr Fish said it was clear in the photos that the victims looked underage, and this was important because it may be claimed by the defence that the men thought they were over 18.

'The prosecution say that is obviously not correct,' he said.

Alfrouh also took a batch of selfies, Mr Fish said, and in one of them the first girl he allegedly attacked was wearing his sunglasses.

'Once again, the prosecution say that these selfies demonstrate that Mr Alfrouh was clearly interested in (this girl).'

Mr Fish said that, after the attack, Badreddin apologised to the girl who was grabbed by the three men, 'obviously appreciating the seriousness of what had just happened'.

The girls found each other at a city centre bus stop after being separated and were comforted by a stranger, the court heard.

After the men were arrested, Badreddin told police the girl 'came on to him', that she forced him to kiss and touch her, and that he thought she was over 18.

Alfrouh told officers he kissed both girls but that was all he did, while Allakkoud disputed being involved at all, Mr Fish said.

One of the victims giving evidence in the case, who claimed she was sexually assaulted by all three men, has admitted one of the defendants did not touch her in the park.

While being cross examined by Sue Hirst, the victim was asked if Alfrouh touched her to which she replied 'no'.

When asked again if he came to get his friend and then disappeared, she replied, 'yeah'. 

Ms Hirst added: 'He didn't do anything bad to you did he?' to which to victim replied: 'No.'

The trial continues. 

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