A CANNABIS-smoking asylum seeker told a woman that he was God before repeatedly raping her, a court heard.

Allah Karam, aged 28, of Mancroft Avenue, Daubhill, is accused of raping two women, attempting to rape and sexually assault a 14-year-old girl, and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

Michael Maher, prosecuting, told a trial at Bolton Crown Court yesterday: “We say that the evidence will show that the defendant behaves in a strange and dangerous manner; whose attitude, especially to women, is that they are little more than pawns for his sexual gratification.”

The jury heard that Karam targeted one of the women in her Deane home in June, 2009.

Mr Maher said the defendant was smoking cannabis and urging the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and a teenage boy who lived in the house, to smoke it.

He then took a bike belonging to one of the woman’s children to get more drugs.

But when he got back his mood had changed “dramatically,” the jury heard. Mr Maher said he grabbed the woman’s head, forcing her to kiss him before biting her tongue.

The prosecution claim that Karam then told the woman he wanted to rape the 16-year-old boy — at which point he started to perform a sex act on himself in front of the woman.

“This defendant, Allah Karam, said to her, ‘I am Allah, I’m God’,” said Mr Maher, who went on to tell the jury that the woman was subsequently raped four times by Karam.

Karam — an Iraqi Kurd who came to the UK seeking asylum in 2002 — was arrested on June 7, last year, at his home address where police officers found him hiding under a bed. He denies: four counts of rape on a woman between June, 2007, and April, 2008; four counts of rape on another woman in June, 2009; one count of attempted rape and two counts of sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl between August, 2006, and August, 2007; one count of sexual assault on a 16-year-old boy; and one count of perverting the course of justice.

The case continues.

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