Syrian migrant, 17, who had only been in UK for 15 months ‘joined friends in brutal three-hour gang rape of girl, 18’
- Girl claims she and her friend were invited to party in house in Kent
- But the teenager says she was later repeatedly raped by group of men
- Defendant tells how he came to Britain from Syria 15 months earlier
- He and another man deny raping the 18-year-old last November
A Syrian teenager accused of taking part in a brutal gang rape only came to the UK 15 months before the alleged attack, a court has heard.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave evidence on the seventh day of his trial today.
He is accused of two counts of rape, along with his friend, Ahmed Naeem, 18, who faces one charge of rape.
They and a number of other men, who have not been traced, are accused of raping an 18-year-old girl in Gillingham, Kent in November 1 last year.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how the boy came to the UK from Syria around a year and a half before the alleged attack and doesn’t know where his parents are.
Speaking through a translator, he said: ‘I came to the UK approximately one and a half years ago, I came from Syria without any family.
‘I don’t know where my parents are, maybe they’re in Turkey or Syria, I don’t know where they are.
‘When I got here I lived in Ashford (Kent) for two months in Millbank (reception centre). They accommodate many of the boys
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