August 2018

Victim of Fenham rapist Russel Ahmed tells of decade of abuse as attacker is locked up

Pervert Russel Ahmed is starting life behind bars after sexually abusing a schoolboy for almost a decade.

The brave victim endured years of torment at the hands of the vile 27-year-old who began sexually assaulting him when he was just a child.

Ahmed has now been jailed for 13 years after a jury found him guilty of offences of rape and sexual assault.

And after seeing his abuser locked up, the teenage victim has told how he can now finally get on with his life.

The teenager, whose identity is protected by law, said: “I can’t change what happened, I just have to accept it as it is a really big part of my life and it’s always going to be there. But I know he can’t hurt me again now he’s behind bars.”

Ahmed first abused his victim after following him into the toilet when he was a youngster, the lad said.

But the assaults became more regular, with the predator attacking the boy whenever he could get him alone.

“I don’t know specifically when it started, but it was when I was around six or seven,” the victim said.

“I was very young and it was confusing at the time, I knew it was wrong but I didn’t understand it at the time.”

But the young victim was too frightened to tell anyone what was happening to him, fearing the stress and upset it would cause.

“It went on for about seven or eight years. I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t really know what to say,” he said. “It was embarrassing. As I became a teenager I realised how wrong it was.

“No-one realised what was happening, and it was easy to hide the truth.”

But the schoolboy’s family did begin to notice changes in his behaviour.

And his cousin said she became concerned when he was a teen.

“He was bottling-up so much and he would take his anger out on other people, and he would punch doors,” the 40-year-old said. “There was a real anger in him, but we didn’t know what was wrong.

“No-one suspected anything. We just blamed it on him being a teenager.”

The lad finally decided to put a stop to the abuse in September last year and broke his silence.

“I just didn’t want it to happen again so I told my cousin,” he said. “I had just decided enough was enough. It was really difficult to tell. I was confused about how I felt. It was something so big, and I had hid it for so long.”

The boy’s cousin was horrified when she learned the truth.

“He said he wanted to tell me something and I said: ‘Is it girlfriend problems?’,” she explained. “He said: ‘No it’s more serious than that.’ I thought it must be bullying or something like that.

“You always hear about these things. You never ever think it will happen to you. I didn’t know what to do because I have never dealt with something like that before.”

At first the victim did not want his cousin to tell anyone. But she gradually convinced him to talk to police, and Ahmed was later arrested.

“It was hard talking to the police,” said the teenager. “They were going into a lot of detail, and they wanted to know everything, they wanted every detail.

“Then I had to tell my mum. I was just more worried about everyone else than what was going to happen to me.”

Ahmed, of Two Ball Lonnen, in Fenham, Newcastle, was charged with offences of rape and sexual assault. He denied the charges but was convicted by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

“I was more confident giving evidence than I thought I would be,” said the victim. “It was easy to talk to the barristers because I was just telling the truth. It was quite a relief to get the truth out.”

Ahmed was given a 14-year prison sentence made up of 13 years in custody and a year on licence. He was also handed an indefinite restraining order.

“When I first got told he was found guilty I didn’t know what to feel,” said the victim.

And the boy’s cousin added: “I’m really, really thankful for the police officers that helped him. The officer that dealt with us took it really personally.

“I felt like it meant something to him. He was so helpful and lovely.”