Depraved Sheffield teens jailed for 26 years for raping woman behind mosque, in street and in her own home

'I don't feel there's a place for me in this world anymore' - those are the chilling words of a young woman who was threatened with a gun, before being raped behind a mosque, in the street and at her own home by two sickening Sheffield teenagers.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 8:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st February 2018, 6:30 pm
Aquib Ahmed, 18, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, with an extended license period of five years for threatening
Aquib Ahmed, 18, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, with an extended license period of five years for threatening

Jason Pitter QC told Sheffield Crown Court how the young woman was home with her father, when Aquib Ahmed knocked at a window of her Sheffield home in the early hours of April 1 last year.

When she opened the window, Ahmed, then aged 18, burst into the property armed with a gun which he pointed at his victim’s father, and told him to go and lie on his bed.

After the young woman’s father complied and went to his bedroom, Ahmed then placed the gun on her forehead, before raping her.

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Judge Peter Kelson QC said: “After she was raped by you, you then, effectively, marched her to your co-defendant who was waiting behind the mosque.”

Ahmed left the scene, and his co-accused, then aged just 15, raped the woman behind the mosque.

The court was told how the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, then took her to an alleyway by a nearby takeaway, where he raped her for a second time.

Mr Pitter said: “When he was finished with her, he told her to walk home..however her ordeal was not yet concluded, Ahmed was at her home waiting for her.”

The young woman was then raped once more by Ahmed, who, before leaving, told her: “Don’t tell the police, because if you do, we will be back to blow your heads off.”

Ahmed, now 19, of Barnsley Road, Fir Vale, and his co-accused pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including rape and possession of a firearm, at an earlier hearing.

In a heartbreaking victim impact statement, the young woman explained how the prolonged and violent attack means she can no longer trust men and has ruined her relationship with her father.

“I spent weeks thinking what I could or should have done to prevent it from happening, but now I know it wasn’t my fault,” the young woman said, adding: “I don’t feel there’s a place for in this world anymore, I don’t feel there’s a place for me anywhere.”

The court was told how the trauma the young woman, aged 25, suffered in the attack had led to her quitting her job, moving home and to her suffering from anxiety and depression.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, continued: "I feel like my whole life will be affected by this ordeal.

“I will try my hardest to move on, but I will never forget what those two monsters did to me."

Three days prior to the incident taking place, the woman and her father were subjected to a robbery at their home by two individuals armed with a firearm who claimed to be looking for cannabis and money, the court was told.

The defendants denied involvement in the attempted robbery, but said they had been made aware of their victim's existence as a result of it.

The perverted teenagers pleaded guilty to the other offences, on the basis that charges concerning the robbery would not be pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

This basis of plea was accepted by the CPS.

Judge Kelson sentenced Ahmed to 15 years in prison, with an extended license period of five years, due to the risk of danger he is deemed to pose to the public.

Judge Kelson said he treated cautions on Ahmed’s record, which include a sexual assault and an offence of malicious communications, in which he threatened to rape and kidnap a young girl, as aggravating factors.

Those offences were committed when he was 15 and 16-years-old, respectively.

The second defendant, now 16, was jailed for six years.

The Star applied for the reporting restriction, protecting the second defendant's identity, to be lifted on the grounds that his offending was so serious it was in the public interest for his name to be reported.

Judge Kelson said that after viewing psychiatric reports prepared about the teenager he did not feel he could lift the restriction.

He said: "I have in my possession two reports, one from a psychiatrist, and one from a psychologist, in respect of the defendant. And I cannot think it right to lift the order."

Liz Jenkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “Aquib and his co-defendant subjected the victim to a terrifying series of ruthless and depraved sexual attacks both inside the family home and in an alleyway nearby.

“The trauma and suffering this has caused her is of course, immense. Despite this she has shown remarkable bravery throughout both the investigation and the preparation of the case for court.

“The defendants are now beginning their jail sentences and I hope sincerely that this successful prosecution of her attackers has provided her with some comfort. Our thoughts remain with the victim and her family.”

The Sheffield Rape Crisis Centre offer confidential helpline support as well as counselling and advice on giving support to others who have been raped or sexually abused.

Call their confidential helpline on 0808 802 9999, which is open every day between 10am and midnight, or visit their website here.