A jury in Canterbury Crown Court has been told a lost 16-year-old was “passed around like an entertainment device” by four Afghani-origin men after asking for directions at a kebab shop in Ramsgate, Kent.
In a closing speech reported by KentLive, prosecutor Simon Taylor alleged that Tamin Rahani, 37, Shershah Muslimyar, 20, Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons raped the intoxicated teenager after luring her into a room above the 555 Pizza takeaway.
“Every single orifice had been penetrated by the group of men, while others watched, laughed and joined in themselves,” Mr. Taylor said. He added the gang held her down on a “grubby mattress” and guarded the door “so she knew there was no escape”.
The prosecutor also read a statement from the girl, originally given as evidence:
“I’m not sure how many were in the room, I think there was about four or five of them. They were all like pushing me, like, to each other.
“One of the men pushed me onto the bed and was just laughing.”
She said she thought she remembered “one or two by the door and a few in the middle of the room”.
“One was on top of me and one was beside me holding my shoulders.
“I don’t remember much after that but one of them was having sex with me.”
The girl said the men were “all swapping round”, and that she told them to stop “but they carried on anyway”.
“There was much laughter in that room where she was being subjected to the ordeal,” added Taylor.
The prosecutor accused the group of “plotting” and “lying” to escape the consequences of the alleged rape.
Giving an example, the prosecution presented statements by the takeaway owner Tamin Rahmani who claimed to have been in bed with his wife on the night of the attack, but CCTV footage showed him out driving his car at that time.
Rahmani then claimed he had mixed up the day of the week and was thinking in “Afghan time”.
“If anybody should know when Saturday night turns into Sunday morning, it’s the owner of a kebab shop,” commented Taylor.