TWO men have been jailed for 13 years each after a teenager was gang raped in a UK town centre – and a third man is awaiting sentencing.
The girl, 17, was attacked in the subway that runs under the A62 Castlegate between New North Road Baptist Church and the old Technical College building in Huddersfield.
Abdul Latif Salih, 35, of Trinity Street, and Bahaldin Doud, 21, of Village Terrace in Burley, Leeds, were sentenced on Monday.
A third man – Saddam Muhamadaim, 18, of Blacker Road in Birkby – is awaiting sentencing in relation to the same incident.
Muhamadaim was convicted of three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape.
Salih was convicted for causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, rape and one count of attempted rape, while Doud was sentenced for two counts of attempted rape.
Police linked the three men using forensics and they were arrested and charged within days of the attack.
“She was subjected to a horrendous ordeal”
Detective Inspector Mark Catney
Leeds Crown Court previously heard Muhamadaim came to the UK from Sudan.
He gave his gave his date of birth as January 1993 in an asylum registration form document, but he later told police it is March 2001.
It would make him 17 at the time of the offence – and his sentencing his been adjourned while cops investigate his age.
He was returned to the custody as his age could impact the length of his sentence.
Detective Inspector Mark Catney, from Kirklees CID, who led the investigation, said: “These men have been handed lengthy prison sentences for the crimes they committed against a 17-year-old girl.
“They prolonged her ordeal by making her relive the incident through the court trial, but we are pleased that they were found guilty by the jury and have been given significant sentences.
“This was a distressing incident for the victim, but thankfully detectives at Kirklees Safeguarding Unit carried out a thorough investigation and within days of the incident, we had all three males in police custody.
“I would like to praise the victim for her bravery in coming forward to report the offences to police. She was subjected to a horrendous ordeal but now I hope that these sentences will allow her some closure to what has happened.”