Laughing Afghan refugees are guilty of gang-raping girl, 16, in flat above kebab shop after she stopped to ask for directions
- Tamin Rahmani, Shershah Muslimyar, Rafiullah Hamidy and Hamid Mohamadi have been found guilty
- A girl was making her way home from a night out when the men picked her up
- She had been drinking heavily and was asking for directions to a friend’s
- The men took her upstairs to 555 pizza shop in Ramsgate, Kent, and raped her
Rafiullah Hamidy and three other men have been found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl
A group of men who gang-raped a lost 16-year-old girl above a takeaway have been found guilty.
The girl had asked for directions when she was taken to the room and subjected to a ‘frightening ordeal’ by the four men.
She was on her way home from a night out in Ramsgate, Kent, when the men picked her up.
Prosecutor Simon Taylor told Canterbury Crown Court that after pushing the girl onto a mattress they carried out multiple rapes ‘and laughed as they put her through the ordeal’.
The four men allegedly took her into the room with just a mattress on the floor before tuning off the lights so she would not recognise them.
The trial faced protests by far-right groups including Britain First and EDL founder Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson.
Shershah Muslimyar, 20, of Canterbury, restaurant owner Tamin Rahani, 37, of Ramsgate, Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, of no fixed address and Hamid Mohamadi, 18, from Wye, all denied three charges of rape.
A jury took two days to find the four guilty on all charges, and they were remanded in custody pending reports on the danger they pose before sentencing in July.
During the trial, the judge ordered Mohamadi’s name to be withheld from court reports in the press after doubts about his true age.
But now he has been assessed as being 18.
Mr Taylor told the court: ‘The girl was undoubtedly drunk and was walking the streets alone late at night.
‘The Crown’s case is that her drunkenness, youth and vulnerability would have been recognised by the defendants.
‘And it was these factors that they took advantage of in the couple of hours that followed.’
The girl was taken to the home of Rahani, a flat above the 555 Pizza and Kebab shop, where the horrific attack took place
The girl was taken to the home of Rahani, a flat above the 555 Pizza and Kebab shop, where the horrific attack took place.
Mr Taylor added: ‘Once there she was raped by men on multiple occasions.
‘Through drink, and most likely the trauma of what happened to her, she was unable to provide any detailed descriptions.
‘The girl had found herself in a room of the second floor above a takeaway.
‘In that grubby room, with an uncovered mattress on the floor, multiple males had sex with the teenager.
‘She says that she did not consent.
‘Indeed, you may well conclude that she was too drunk to give any true consent to any sexual intercourse in any event.
‘But what is clear is that each of the men took the opportunity to have a little ‘fun’ at her expense.’
The victim told the jury: ‘I’m not sure how many were in the room; think there were four or five of them.
‘They were all like push, pushing, pushing me like to each other.
‘One of them pushed me onto the bed. They were all laughing.
‘They were laughing as they walked over, I think there was one or two by the door.
‘I can’t remember much after that to be honest, they kept swapping over, they were having sex.
‘I told them to stop. I moved but they just carried on.’
After the attacks, she was ‘escorted’ out of the property by one of the men ‘and left to roam the streets alone’.
The girl was found ‘sobbing and distressed’ by a woman returning home and taken into her home for safety.
Former EDL leader sentenced for contempt of court
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon was handed a suspended sentence after committing contempt of court
The former leader of the English Defence League (EDL) has been given a suspended prison sentence for contempt of court after trying to film four men who were on trial accused of gang-raping a teenage girl, it can now be reported.
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson, 34, filmed himself describing the ‘Muslim’ defendants as ‘paedophiles’ and that ‘it’s going on across our country’.
He then posted a video online as the trial was part-heard.
In the footage, which was uploaded to YouTube and shown in court, Yaxley-Lennon is seen doing a piece-to-camera outside the court entrance and tells how police asked him not to film the men.
Speaking to the camera, he tells viewers: ‘The paedophiles are in court, hiding I think, because they ain’t coming out. The court case finished a while ago.
‘There is now back-up here. A police officer came out to ask us, ‘Please don’t film them’. What? For real? ‘Please don’t expose them as paedophiles, please’.
‘Well, we will.’
As it emerges the accused men have left court, the footage then cuts to Robinson filming himself inside the courthouse before a voice in the background tells him no cameras are allowed in the building.
At Canterbury Crown Court on May 22 Yaxley-Lennon was told by Judge Heather Norton she found clear evidence of contempt of court and it was an offence under Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Yaxley-Lennon, who arrived at court with an overnight bag, apologised in person to the judge, adding he had ‘absolutely no intention’ of derailing the rape trial.
Richard Kovalevsky QC, who defended Yaxley-Lennon, of Silsoe, Bedfordshire, told the judge he would be a ‘marked man’ if sent to prison.
Mr Kovalevsky said Yaxley-Lennon had received several Osman warnings in the past from the intelligence services highlighting threats against him, including from the militant group al-Shabaab.
‘Were Your Honour to send him to prison, he would be a marked man and that is not fanciful,’ he told the judge.
‘He would be put into severe jeopardy.’
Mr Kovalevsky said Robinson had on a previous occasion been told by uniformed police officers he could video in the foyer at Luton Magistrates’ Court.
Rebel Media, for whom Robinson was working for when filming at Canterbury, has since put lawyers on a retainer to vet and instruct their output.
Sentencing him to three months jail, suspended for 18 months, Judge Norton said: ‘There are notices all over the court building making it clear that filming or taking photographs is an offence and may be a contempt of court.
‘You were told by security to stop filming and that if you were to film you would be committing an offence and may be in contempt of court.’
The judge said Robinson made it ‘abundantly clear’ his purpose was to try to film the defendants and the reason he failed was because the court took avoiding action.
Judge Norton went on: ‘This is not about freedom of speech or freedom of the press. This is not about legitimate journalism or political correctness.
‘It’s about justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly, and ensuring that a jury is not in any way inhibited in carrying out its important function.’
Robinson co-founded the EDL and led the group from 2009 to 2013 before leaving to work with anti-extremism think-tank The Quilliam Foundation.
His sentencing can now be reported following the conclusion of the rape trial.
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