UK: Woman Raped By Two Asylum Seekers

From Sunderland Echo:
A mum has said the pain she feels after being raped by two strangers at asylum seekers’ accommodation makes her “want to die”.

Saheed Rasoolli, 30, and Araz Abdulla, 23, each took a turn to attack their victim in the bedroom of a flat at Roker Avenue in Sunderland, after she was lured there from a bus stop.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim “couldn’t get her breath” during the rape ordeals and she was left with nail marks to her neck, throat and arms.

Rasoolli, who has now been jailed for 12 years, and Abdulla, who has been jailed for ten, both denied rape but were convicted by a jury earlier this month.

The Home Office will be informed of their convictions and sentences so their status in the UK can be considered.

Judge Stephen Earl said both men, who are from Iran and Iraq respectively, must sign the sex offenders register for life.

The judge said the woman had been “consistent about what took place” that day whereas her attackers had told “lie after lie after lie”.

Judge Earl added: “Her life, currently, appears to be irreparably damaged as a result of the actions of both of these men.”…

Prosecutor Paul Abrahams told the court during the trial the woman, who had been waiting for a bus in the city in May after a date she had been on ended in disaster, when she was approached by Rasoolli, who had “decided at this early stage he was going to have sex with this female, whatever her views”.

Mr Abrahams said the victim was taken by Rasoolli to a “multi-occupancy building, containing a number of flats occupied by asylum seekers” and into Abdulla’s bedroom, who left the room.

He told jurors: “Rasoolli, without warning pushed her on the bed.”

Mr Abrahams said Rasoolli had sex with the woman and added: “She told him to stop and tried to push him off, she made it clear she didn’t want to have any kind of sexual activity but despite her attempts, he ignored her and continued to force himself on her.”

The court heard when Rasoolli had finished with the victim he left the room, Abdulla returned and took his turn to rape the woman.

Mr Abrahams said: “Again, she hadn’t wanted any kind of sexual activity and told him to stop.

“She tired pushing him away but he continued raping her.”

The court heard when Abdulla finished with the woman he left the room and she was able to get away.

Dan Cordey, defending Rasoolli, of Hylton Road, Sunderland, said the meeting at the bus stop had been by “chance” and that the attack was not planned.

Mr Cordey said Rasoolli just wants a “safe and decent life” and has never been to prison before.

Liam O’Brien, defending Abdulla, of Roker Avenue, Sunderland, said: “He still maintains he is an innocent man”.

Mr O’Brien said Abudlla’s [sic] family were targeted by ISIS in his homeland and he is uneducated….

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