September 2018

Footballer who raped girl, 17, with friend weeps as jury finds him guilty

A footballer and his friend have been jailed for a total of 20 years for raping a 17-year-old girl after meeting her on Tinder.

Former Charlton midfielder Montell Moore, 22, and flatmate Sofian Zoberi, 23, laughed as they held a pillow and duvet over the teenager’s face to muffle her cries.

The pair filmed the teen while she was naked and sent clips to friends on WhatsApp after the attack on 12 March 2016.

Moore, of Brentford, denied three counts of rape and one of sexual assault but was convicted on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault. He was jailed for 11 and half years.

Zoberi, of Isleworth, denied two counts of rape and one of sexual assault but was convicted on one count of rape and one of sexual assault. He was jailed for eight and half years.

Both men were placed on the sex offenders register for life.

In her interview the girl told police: “They were just laughing.

“I lay there, I was crying I don’t think he saw me crying. I was just thinking ‘Okay well this is rape’

“What has gone on here has happened. I was just in shock. I don’t know. I didn’t think that much of it.

“I just thought ‘okay I was raped’. They both fell asleep next to me. I was laying next to them. I had no idea where my clothes were.”

Police later recovered five videos of sexual intercourse on Zoberi’s phone lasting up to 70 seconds.

Giving evidence she said: “I was just so disgusted. I just froze. I was crying – I cried a lot that night but did not really see.

“They did not take me seriously at all. They kept telling me to ‘shut up’ and they made me feel vulnerable.

“They told me to shut up about not wanting to do it. I did not shout I did get scared. I did not try to intervene.”

“I have never been in a place where it was so casual. I think they did it again at the end it was pretty repetitive.

“They just did it anyway. I tried to see and they would switch and move away. They did not care about treating me in that way. They just did what they wanted to do.

“Montell was the leader, his friend did what he wanted him to do. I realise I should have just left then.

“He was recording at some point. He pulled me back and my hair was wrapped around his wrist.

“I did not want to do anything with the friend. I told the friend: “I already told you no.”

“It made me feel worthless like I was cheap. I was already in a situation I could not get out of. At one point I did not want to have sex with either of them.

“I just thought, well, it is just going to have to be an option I am going to take. I did not know how to get out.”

In a victim impact statement the complainant said: “What was for them a careless night of fun was torment for me. I will never forget how they made me feel and how they forced me to act.

“This is not about revenge, it is about people knowing this behaviour was wrong.”

They both admitted disclosing private sexual images and the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed in relation to count one which was rape.

Moore scored on his debut for Championship club Brentford in a first round Capital One Cup tie in August 2014.

He signed a new three-year contract a few days later, but lost his place in the squad.

Moore went out on loan to Burnham and Danish team Midtjylland, but his Brentford contract was cancelled by mutual consent in February 2016.

He signed for Charlton Athletic for the remainder of the 2015/16 season.

After receiving international clearance, Moore returned to England to join Isthmian League Premier Division club Enfield Town last October.