Woman lured girls to be raped by three men
Published: 2nd Aug 2011 20:16:24
A woman has been convicted of plotting to lure two girls on a night out so they could be raped by three men.
Stephanie Knight, 19, told the 16-year-olds they were going out clubbing in Lancashire in December 2009.
But instead the girls were raped by brothers Amjad Hussain, 34, Shahid Hussain, 37, and their cousin Tanveer Butt, 39.
Knight and the three men were convicted of rape offences following a trial at Burnley Crown Court.
The girls were given alcohol and drugs and taken to an empty terraced house in Accrington with no electricity where the three men subjected one of the girls to a "terrifying ordeal", jurors were told.
Amjad Hussain then raped both girls and drove them home to Blackburn.
The prosecution said the victims had known Knight for up to a week and had not previously met any of the other defendants.
After she lured them out for the evening, Knight was heard to say "got them" in a mobile phone conversation and named the girls, the court heard.
She denied there was any agreement for the sexual assaults to take place.
Knight, who has been in care since the age of 11, said she first met Amjad Hussain six months earlier when he pulled up beside her in the street and asked for her mobile phone number.
They went on to have a sexual relationship and she said she later fell in love with him.
In the months that followed Amjad Hussain persuaded her to perform a sex act on his brother and cousin, she said.
The court heard that Knight herself was currently being supported by Engage, a multi-agency initiative set up to tackle child sex exploitation in Blackburn.
Amjad Hussain claimed that sex with both girls was consensual. The other men denied having met the girls.
Knight, formerly of Queen Street in Rawtenstall; Amjad Hussain, of Sharples Street in Accrington; and Butt, of St Albans Street in Rochdale, were all convicted of conspiracy to rape.
Knight and Butt were also found guilty of aiding and abetting rape, while Amjad Hussain, Shahid Hussain, of Drake Street, Rochdale, and Butt were all convicted of rape.
They are all due to be sentenced on 2 September.
At 23:56:56 in SportLuke Donald finished second at the RBC Heritage as Matt Kuchar's final-round 64 earned victory in South Carolina.
At 23:26:36 in HeadlinesAn explosion and fire on Gibraltar left much of the British territory without power on Sunday.
At 23:18:41 in HeadlinesEgyptian left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi will be the only challenger to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the upcoming presidential election.
At 22:33:10 in HeadlinesIranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged equal opportunities and rights for men and women, and condemned sexual discrimination.
At 22:04:23 in HeadlinesEight skydivers have been killed after their plane crashed near the town of Jamijarvi in Finland.
At 21:54:38 in SportOn another astonishing weekend of Premier League action, Liverpool went five points clear at the top of the table after Sunderland beat their nearest challengers Chelsea, who fell to their first home league defeat under Jose Mourinho.
At 21:03:52 in SportManchester United boss David Moyes says the club are "rebuilding" after a 2-0 Premier League defeat to Everton.
At 20:43:25 in HeadlinesA Kuwaiti judge has ordered the temporary closure of two newspapers for breaking a news blackout about an alleged coup plot.
At 20:14:56 in SportEverton manager Roberto Martinez paid tribute to his side after they defeated Manchester United for the second time this season to keep alive hopes of a Premier League top-four finish.
At 19:53:59 in EnglandA public funeral service for author Sue Townsend, who died earlier this month aged 68, is to be held in her home city of Leicester.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2011. Woman lured girls to be raped by three men [Online] (Updated 2nd Aug 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/174832/Woman-lured-girls-to-be-raped-by-three-men [Accessed 21st Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
A public funeral service for author Sue Townsend, who died earlier this month aged 68, is to be held in her home city of Leicester.
An explosion and fire on Gibraltar left much of the British territory without power on Sunday.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
Stick a bunch of people in a room with pizza, caffeine and a whole load of kit, wait 24 hours and something interesting emerges.
Ian McIntyre, a former controller of both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, has died aged 82.
The demand for bigger buttocks in Venezuela means some women will even have banned injections to achieve them, putting their health at risk.