Published: 12:40, 26 May 2017
Four men have been found guilty of the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl who had turned to them for directions.
The shocking attack on the drunken youngster happened as she was heading home and the men were returning from a night out.
After promising her they would help her, the evil gang guided the vulnerable teenager to a flat above the 555 pizza and kebab shop in Northwood Road, Ramsgate last September.
They then set about systematically abusing the terrified victim - laughing as they passed her from one to the other.
Now, the four: Shershah Muslimyar, 20, of Hovenden Close, Canterbury, Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, formerly of Northdown Road, restaurant boss Tamin Rahmani, of NorthdownRoad, Ramsgate and an 18-year-old from the Ashford area who can't be named, had all denied three rape charges.
But the jury at Canterbury Crown Court took two days to find the four guilty on all charges - and now they face long sentences.
They were remanded in custody pending reports on the danger they pose but they were all warned they face long sentences in July.
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 was laughing (sic) as they walked over. I think there was one or two by the door.”
The teenager alleged that one of the men held her shoulders so she couldn’t move.
“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.”
Prosecutor Simon Taylor told how the teenager was repeatedly raped "on that grubby mattress" in Hamidy’s room in Rahmani’s property.
After abusing her, she was led into the street in a distressed state and left alone.
Fortunately the crying victim was spotted by a woman who took her into the safety of her home and called the police.
"The victim in this case was a vulnerable teenage girl who was taken advantage of and subjected to some of the most horrendous crimes imaginable" - DI Richard Vickery
The trial faced a number of problems which were kept from the jury, such as far-right groups attempting to hijack the court process by staging anti-Muslim protests.
English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson was handed a suspended sentence after being found in contempt of court by trying to film the defendants at court.
After the verdicts were reached, senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Richard Vickery said: "The victim in this case was a vulnerable teenage girl who was taken advantage of and subjected to some of the most horrendous crimes imaginable.
"It was late at night, she was lost and she asked a group of men for directions. Instead they saw an opportunity to fulfil their depraved sexual desires and betrayed the trust she placed in them in the worst possible way.
"Rape is an abhorrent crime and the victim has suffered a great deal of emotional harm from the ordeal she was forced to endure.
"She has displayed tremendous courage in reliving what happened to her, and I would like to personally thank her for having the strength to help bring her offenders to justice.
"They clearly pose a significant danger to women and children and are fully deserving of the lengthy prison sentences they will surely now serve."
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