January 2019

Three men convicted after gang rape of teenager in Huddersfield town centre subway

Three men have been convicted after the gang rape of a teenager in a subway in Huddersfield town centre.

Saddam Muhamadaim and Abdul Latif Salih have been found guilty of raping the 17-year-old girl and Bahaldin Doud was convicted of attempting to rape her.

The attack took place on July 14 last year in the subway that runs under the A62 Castlegate between New North Road Baptist Church and the old Technical College building.

After a nine-day trial at Leeds Crown Court, a jury of seven men and five women took six hours and five minutes to unanimously find the men guilty of nine charges.

Muhamadaim, of Blacker Road in Birkby, was convicted of three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape.

Salih, 35, of Trinity Street in Huddersfield town centre, was convicted of one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, one count of rape and one count of attempted rape.

Doud, 21, of Village Terrace in Burley, Leeds, was convicted of two counts of attempted rape.

Salih was also unanimously acquitted of one count of sexual assault.

A court heard Muhamadaim, who came to the UK from Sudan, gave his date of birth as January 1993 in an asylum registration form document, but he later told police it is March 2001 – making him 17 at the time of the offence instead of 25 and 18 now.

Sentencing was adjourned to a date to be fixed pending an investigation into the matter, which could affect the length of his sentence and which the judge said may be a matter for the Home Office.

All three defendants were returned to custody and told to expect ‘very lengthy’ prison sentences.

They will be placed on the sex offenders register for a duration which the judge said is dependant upon sentence but is likely to be for the rest of their lives.