Two Halifax men have been jailed for nine years each after they both raped a Huddersfield teenager who was left stranded after a night out.
The 17-year-old victim, who cannot be identifed for legal reasons, had been drinking in Halifax last October, but following an argument with her friend she was left stranded at a petrol station on the outskirts of the town.
A judge today (Monday) said 31-year-old married father-of-one Mubasher Ahmad had been “cruising” the streets that night looking for someone to prey on.
Ahmad, of Kingsbury Place, Halifax, reassured the girl and took her to buy some food, but when she thought he was giving her a lift back to Huddersfield he took her to a secluded area and raped her in his car.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said what followed was even more sordid as Ahmad telephoned his brother-in-law Mehmood Hussain and he turned up in a car so the terrified teenager could be passed on to him.
Father-of-two Hussain, 32, of Hyde Park Road, Halifax, did eventually drop the teenager off in Huddersfield, but not until after he had also raped her in his car.
Judge Durham Hall described the complainant’s evidence to a jury at Bradford Crown Court as “compelling” and he described her as being “frozen with fear” during her two-hour ordeal that night.
The judge said the two defendants had “twisted, wriggled and turned” in their evidence during the week-long trial and he branded their claims that the teenager had instigated the sexual encounters as “rubbish”.
Both men were found guilty of raping the teenager by the jury this afternoon and each received a prison sentence of nine years.
They also have to register as sex offenders with the police for the rest of their lives.