’They plied me with weed and booze’

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The girl, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, told the court she felt “pres­surised” into hav­ing sex with the men and be­lieved it was “ex­pected” of her.

She said the in­ci­dents hap­pened when she was aged 14 or 15 and took place dur­ing vis­its to Bris­tol in 2012 and 2013.

The teenager told the jury that she would be given al­co­hol or drugs dur­ing vis­its to var­i­ous homes in the area and then would be raped.

Asked why she had sex with Dahir, the girl replied: “Be­cause I was at his house. It was ex­pected of me.

“They would keep on ask­ing me and they would give me stuff like weed and shisha and al­co­hol and I felt I had to do it or they would eject me from the house.”

Re­fer­ring to an­other rape by Dahir, the girl told the jury: “I told him I didn’t want to do it but he didn’t seem to want to lis­ten to me.”

The girl also de­scribed be­ing raped by Sheikh and an­other man, and told the court: “I just lay down and let it carry on, let them fin­ish.”

She told the jury she did not con­sider her­self to be in a re­la­tion­ship with any of the men she ac­cused of rap­ing her.

“A lot of the time they kept on ask­ing me, they would keep on ask­ing me, so in the end I gave in,” she said.

“A lot of the time it was ex­pected of me by the per­son whose flat I was in or by my friend as, if I didn’t, she would no longer get stuff off them like al­co­hol and weed.”

In a state­ment is­sued through po­lice, the Bris­tol So­mali com­mu­nity said it was “deeply ap­palled” by the case.

It said: “Our deep­est sym­pa­thy whole­heart­edly goes out to the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies who are un­doubt­edly ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­treme pain at the mo­ment.

“Our com­mu­nity, a Mus­lim and black minority eth­nic com­mu­nity, in Bris­tol would like to un­der­line that we sin­cerely con­demn the na­ture of th­ese crimes.

“Crimes of th­ese na­ture are a so­ci­etal prob­lem; they need to be con­demned in all com­mu­ni­ties.”

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