March 2019

Pair jailed after teenager was gang raped in town centre subway

Two men have been jailed for 13 years each after a teenager was gang raped in a subway in Huddersfield town centre.

The 17-year-old victim was attacked 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.

Abdul Latif Salih, 35, of Trinity Street in Huddersfield town centre, and Bahaldin Doud, 21, of Village Terrace in Burley, Leeds, were sentenced on Monday.

Salih 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 was convicted of two counts of attempted rape.

A third man – Saddam Muhamadaim, 18, of Blacker Road in Birkby – is awaiting sentencing in relation to the same incident.

The three men were linked forensically to the incident and arrested and charged by police within a couple of days of the attack.

Muhamadaim was convicted of three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape.

Sentencing was adjourned to a date to be fixed pending an investigation into his age, which could affect the length of his sentence.

Leeds Crown Court previously 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.

He was returned to custody.

Salaih and Doud will be placed on the sex offenders register.