Teenage girl ‘raped by six jeering men in dosshouse for migrants after being lured there with a friend by the group’
- Girl, 18, suffered three-hour ordeal at Halloween party in a bedsit in Kent
- She escaped after headbutting the men as her friend fetched a neighbour
- She was initially lured to the house by a group of young men in town centre
- Ahmed Ali Naeem, 18, and a 17-year-old boy are accused of alleged rape
The 18-year-old suffered a three-hour ordeal after being invited to a party with a friend who she mistakenly thought knew the men.
The girl was allegedly raped and sexually assaulted by at least six men as others watched, jeering and laughing about who should attack her next.
She escaped only after punching and headbutting the men as her friend fetched a neighbour and begged him to intervene.
During her police interview, the teenager said the men were of Middle Eastern appearance and some did not speak English.
Yesterday, two men went on trial accused of being among the alleged rapists who struck at the shared house in Gillingham, Kent, on Halloween last year.
Maidstone Crown Court heard that the girl went out for the evening with her family to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday. She later went to play snooker with friends before bumping into a friend from primary school in the town centre.
They then met a group of around eight foreign men, who promised the girls more drinks at their shared bedsit-style property a short distance away.
But once inside, the teenager was subjected to an appalling ordeal as a gang of men and boys took it in turns to rape and sexually abuse her, the court heard.
In a harrowing police interview – a recording of which was played to the jury – the alleged victim said: ‘I thought [my friend] knew them but when I got inside it was just full of foreign men.
‘One of them forced me upstairs and had sex with me… he forced me to have sex. All of them were at the door. I was naked.
‘I was being gang-raped. I was telling them that I did not want it… I wanted it to stop but they were getting more forceful.
‘In the downstairs bedroom I thought there was a man who would help me but he raped me as well.
‘I was trying to get out, but as I got to the front door there were ten of them standing by it. I tried to fight my way through them but another man grabbed my hand and pulled me to an upstairs bedroom.
‘He raped me. I kept saying stop and he started to get more aggressive. I ran out of the bedroom. I headbutted one of them and punched one.
‘I lost it as I went downstairs, I went mad and they still would not let me out. [My friend] got a man from over the road and he was talking to them to try to get me out.
‘Even when I was walking up the road the boys were walking with me, begging me to come back in.’ The girl described the property as ‘like a foreigners’ dosshouse’ which was split into bedsits. She said it had a distinctive smell of ‘men’s BO [body odour]’.
Opening the case, prosecutor Amanda Hamilton told the jury that the alleged victim had been drinking, but that they must decide if the two defendants did have sex with her and if so, could they reasonably believe she consented to it.
The two men were arrested by police the next day. In an interview, Naeem said the girl forced herself on him. The prosecutor told the court: ‘He said he did not want sex as he said it was against his religion to have sex outside of marriage.’
Naeem admitted having sex with the girl for 25 minutes but claimed she begged him, saying ‘have sex with me, have sex with me’.
‘He said the only contact he had with her was to ask her how she was in Arabic,’ the prosecutor added.
Two mobile phones were confiscated from the boy, including an iPhone on which there were several short videos of the alleged victim.
Both men, who are of no fixed address, are accused of rape. The trial, which is expected to last five days, continues.