Mum­bai-born man sent to jail in US gang-rape case

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

WASHINGTON: Ce­cil Bur­rows came to the US when he was 12, and lonely and iso­lated he fell in with a gang of crim­i­nals, set­ting off on a road that would take him to jail and even­tu­ally, when he is out, back to Mum­bai, where he was born.

Bur­rows, 23 was sen­tenced to 18 months in jail by a court in Mont­gomery, a county in Mary­land abut­ting Washington DC, for his role in the gang-rape of a nearly co­matose woman in a town­house nearly four years ago in 2012.

He had played the role of a “coach”, is­su­ing in­struc­tions.

“Hold her down,” he was heard say­ing in a 35-minute au­dio record­ing played in the court, ac­cord­ing to The Washington Post, on Thursday,

“Ce­cil, he like a coach,” said one of the as­sailants.

Bur­rows had recorded the as­sault, which had taken place at his house. But his role would be dis­cov­ered two years later, when one of the con­victed men gave him away, telling de­tec­tives he was at home then and not away.

Bur­rows had told po­lice ear­lier he had stepped out to get beer when the woman, who was ei­ther drunk or had been drugged, was as­saulted.

The record­ing, only au­dio, was found on his com­puter.

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