Refugee raped 19-year-old in locked bedroom

The Bolton News: Bolton Crown Court Bolton Crown Court

A WOMAN was locked in a bedroom and raped after accepting an invitation to visit a man’s house.

Afghan refugee Najeeb Ahmedzai was jailed for four and a half years after pleading guilty to raping the 19-year-old woman on February 26 last year.

Philip Dobson, prosecuting, told Bolton Crown Court how the teenager had received a text message from a man she had met at New Year, inviting her to his home.

Against the judgement of a friend, she accepted the invitation and, when she got to the house in Lawson Street, Astley Bridge, she found Ahmedzai there as well.

The two men plied her with vodka and when she told them she was tired they went upstairs to a bedroom with her.

Mr Dobson said the bedroom door was locked and she was left alone with Ahmedzai, who raped her.

“She did not know what was happening. She was protesting,” said Mr Dobson. Ahmedzai would not allow her to use her mobile phone, but she managed to dial 999 to call for help after telling him she needed to go to the bathroom.

Ahmedzai had left the house when police arrived and was arrested at an immigration office five months later.

Denise Breen-Lawton, defending, said Ahmedzai, who is believed to be aged 24, was illiterate and uneducated and feared being killed by the Taliban if, as is likely, he is deported at the end of his sentence.


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Jailing Ahmedzai, Judge Timothy Stead told Ahmedzai the rape has had a devastating affect on his victim.

He said: “She has suffered depression and has spent time in a hospital as a result. What you did has affected her badly.”

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