Muslim Somali ‘refugees’ in the UK blow a kiss at the mom of the girl they gang raped during the court proceedings, their families threatened the victims as well
- Three Somali men jailed for raping a 16-year-old girl in Rusholme in 2013
- Rapists were Mowled Omar Yussaf, Muhyadeen Osman and Bilal Ahmed
- Yussaf gave victim’s parents the middle finger as he was led from dock
- ‘I stayed quiet because I thought they would kill me,’ victim told the Mail
- Her parents have received abuse and intimidation from rapists’ families
The Victoria Park Hotel is a short walk from the bustling Manchester thoroughfare known locally as the ‘Curry Mile.’ The establishment offers budget accommodation at cheap prices (£45 for a single bed).
Standards at the hotel reflect the bargain-basement rates. Several ground-floor windows are boarded up. Guests have complained of mould in bathrooms, marks on walls and ceilings, and dirty bed linen.
Room 38 is on the first floor. It is also where, just before midday on August 9, 2013, a young girl found herself trapped and about to be subjected to the most degrading and terrifying ordeal imaginable. She was 16, an A-grade student from a middle-class family, who had just completed her GCSEs at a leading private school.
How she came to be in Room 38 of this squalid hotel in Rusholme, on the south side of the city, is not important for now. By the time she emerged 30 minutes later, she had been gang raped at least six times by three different men.
The trio, all aged 20, were jailed for a total of 29 years at Manchester Crown Court this week. But six others were present when she was passed around like a piece of meat. They regarded her as ‘easy prey,’ to quote the judge. Those who did not violate her were spectators. They watched and did nothing to help.
The visceral horror of what happened in Room 38 was conveyed in a single harrowing sentence by the victim — now 19 and a university undergraduate — when the Mail spoke to her exclusively this week. ‘I just stayed quiet because I thought they would kill me if I screamed,’ she said.
There is something else you should know about her attackers. It is this: they were all from Manchester’s Somali community. The harrowing events that unfolded in court were also part of a much wider, and seemingly escalating, Somali crimewave taking place in many cities nationwide.
This is why the ethnic background of the rapists is central to this bigger picture.
Until recently, the culture of political correctness that undermined the investigations into the Asian sex grooming scandals in Rochdale, Rotherham and elsewhere, would have discouraged the reporting of this fact.
Mowled Omar Yussaf was the ring leader. As he was led away from the dock to begin his prison term, he stuck his middle finger up at the parents of his victim, not once but twice.
It was just one hate-filled example of the gauntlet of intimidation and abuse the couple have faced from the families and friends of the convicted men during the two-week trial.
That most of the guilty men’s entourage, who crowded round the court house steps to declare their support for the rapists, were women in traditional Somali dress was yet another sickening twist.
Before passing sentence, the judge told them: ‘You just assumed that you each could do with her as you chose . . . there is a lack of acknowledgment that what you did to this girl was wrong. There’s no remorse expressed by any of you.’
Nor, shockingly, by their own families, who held banners aloft outside the court, proclaiming, ‘No Justice For Somalis.’
The mothers of Mowled Yussaf, and his fellow rapists Muhyadeen Osman and Bilal Ahmed, and Yussaf’s girlfriend showed their support for the trio by attending court. It was, perhaps, one of the most shameful aspects of this story that has devastated not only the life of a young woman — but that of her family, who have bravely decided to break their silence to talk exclusively to the Mail this week.
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