Rape gang were like a pack of animals’
PUBLISHED: 15:15 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010
THREE men who attacked a 16-year-old girl like a pack of animals as they raped her have been jailed for a total of more than 30 years. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped at a friend s flat in Gravesend in March last year. K
THREE men who attacked a 16-year-old girl like a 'pack of animals' as they raped her have been jailed for a total of more than 30 years.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped at a friend's flat in Gravesend in March last year.
Kamal Hussain, 22, and Koyeas Miah, 23, were each given 11-year prison sentences for two counts of rape to be served concurrently at Maidstone Crown Court.
They were sentenced last Friday alongside Salah Uddin, 22, who received eight-and-a-half years in jail after he had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of rape. He was described as "the principal perpetrator".
Judge Philip St John-Stevens said: "It's clear each of you played your part in subjecting a young girl of just 16 years of age to an appalling and degrading ordeal that has had a profound effect on her and may live with her for many years.
"The three of you acted together in a way a pack of animals could not.
"She described how she tried to push you off and pleaded with you not to continue.
"She said she felt someone else holding her hands preventing her from moving."
He added: "It must have been petrifying with you three men there.
"Her age is an aggravating feature, she was just 16, a young and vulnerable girl."
The court heard how Uddin and Miah raped the girl over a 15-minute period while Hussain, who did not have any sexual contact with the girl, stood with a chair by the door blocking her escape.
It was also revealed that while in prison, father-of-one Uddin, of Tarling Street, Whitechapel, was stabbed and father-of-one Miah, of Thorold Road, Ilford, suffered substantial burns when he had boiling water thrown over him.
Raana Sheikh, mitigating for Hussain, of Second Avenue, Manor Park, said he did not have any physical contact with the victim despite accepting the attack was "a joint enterprise".
He contemplated suicide while in prison.
Hussain and Miah were found guilty following a trial in July.