Two men are facing a total of 16 years imprisonment after a 16 year old girl was held against her will and raped.
Jama Abdullahi, aged 23 years of Camel Road, London, Badrdyen Saeed, aged 20 years from Camel Road, London and a 17 year old boy appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday (February 26) having been found guilty at an earlier hearing held in January.
Abdullahi, who had been found guilty of rape and false imprisonment, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment;
Saeed, who had been found guilty of rape and false imprisonment, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment; and
The 17 year old boy from London who was found guilty of false imprisonment was sentenced to an 18-month rehabilitation order, a six month supervision order and given a 13-week curfew.
The court heard that the 16 year old girl had visited a flat in Foxhall Road, Ipswich at around 2pm on June 30, 2013, to meet with the 17 year old boy and two men after exchanging texts with them.
After entering the flat she was shown to a rear room by the 17 year old and he told her that one or more of his friends wanted to have sex with her, which she stated she did not want to do.
The boy then left the room locking the door behind him.
Saeed then entered the room and orally raped the girl.
When he left he locked the door behind him.
Abdullahi went into the room a short while later and also forced her to perform oral sex against her will before allowing her to leave the flat.
The victim made her way home and reported the matter to police that evening.
Police attended the address in Foxhall Road and arrested Saeed, Abdullahi and the 17 year old that night.
All three were found guilty at court on January 28 and sentenced on Wednesday (February 26).
Detective Constable Annabel Hicks who carried out the investigation said: “Abdullahi, Saeed and the 17 year old had come to Ipswich from London and set up a drug den at the address in Foxhall Road.
“They preyed on their victim, luring her to the flat by sending her text messages.
“On the day in question she came to the flat and made it clear that she had no intention of having sex with anyone, but was held against her will and orally raped by the two men.
“The girl was incredibly brave to contact the police the same day and was able to identify the flat so we were able to make the arrests that evening.
“I hope the sentencing today will provide some comfort to the victim and will also give others the confidence to come forward and report incidents such as this.
“The victim has, and will continue to receive support to help her through, what I am sure has been a very difficult time.”
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Bacon who oversees the work of the Gemini Team at Suffolk Police who are dedicated to investigating sexual offences said: “Today’s sentencing has come at the end of a detailed and thorough enquiry not only carried about by the Gemini Team but assisted by response and CID officers who assisted with the arrests and investigation.
“Sexual offences are always taken seriously by Suffolk Police and I echo the words of DC Hicks; I hope that the sentencing will not only reassure people about the work we do, but give people the confidence to come forward and report incidents to us if they have been a victim of a sexual assault.”
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