Six years for rapist who invited friends to prey on lost 12-year-old girl
A 12-year-old girl was raped up to 15 times by four men after she was abducted as she asked for directions to her home, a court was told.
The child was lured into a car by Shakil Chowdhury, 39, who drove her to his house. There she was plied with alcohol and attacked by Chowdhury and three others. Afterwards he drove her home.
Chowdhury was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to six charges of rape. Detectives are still hunting the other members of the gang.
Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, was told that the attack took place last October after the victim became lost while walking in Oldham. She was trying to get home and asked passers by for directions as she walked in the Werneth area.
Chowdhury, who lived two miles away in Chadderton, spotted the girl and encouraged her to get into his car. When she got in she told him her name, address and age. However, Chowdhury asked her if she would like to go to his home with him, and the girl agreed, feeling that she could trust him. But, when the pair got to Chowdhury’s house, he gave her alcohol before taking her upstairs and telling her to lie on the bed. Police said that the girl felt “extremely frightened”, but agreed to his request.
He then raped her. After he had left the room a second man came in and sexually assaulted the girl.
During the evening Chowdhury was said to have raped the victim a total of 11 times, using different beds within the house. He also invited two other men to rape her. Chowdhury then took the girl home, asking if he could take her phone number before he left.
The girl raised the alarm when she got home and police identified Chowdhury’s address as the place where the offences took place.
Passing sentence Judge Roger Thomas, QC, ordered Chowdhury to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Detective Chief Inspector Mary Doyle, of Oldham CID, said: “This child was subjected to a terrifying and prolonged attack from Chowdhury and his associates. One of the first things she told him was her name and age, so there is no doubt that he was aware how young she was.
“Chowdhury’s actions that evening would have been unacceptable on a woman of any age, but to carry out this sort of attack on a 12-year-old child is simply abhorrent.
“His victim has shown a great deal of bravery throughout this case. I hope her bravery and the resulting conviction will encourage other victims to come forward, safe in the knowledge that Greater Manchester Police will investigate any complaints fully and take robust action against the people responsible.”