NO VER­DICT IN CITY RAPE TRIAL

JU­RORS WILL RE­SUME DIS­CUS­SIONS ON MON­DAY

Sunderland Echo - - Front Page - By Karon Kelly [email protected]­me­dia.co.uk Twit­ter: @sun­der­lan­de­cho

A jury in the trial of two restau­rant work­ers ac­cused of rap­ing a woman who they then dumped at a road­side miles away from her home has not yet reached a ver­dict.

The woman, who can­not be named, has told ju­rors she was at­tacked by two strangers af­ter she got into what she be­lieved was an un­li­censed taxi af­ter drink­ing in Sun­der­land city cen­tre in April 2016.

Dur­ing a trial at New­cas­tle Crown Court pros­e­cu­tors have claimed driver Syed Ahmed, 21, of Ch­ester Street East, and pas­sen­ger Na­jirul Miah, 20, of Ash­wood Ter­race, both Sun­der­land, used her as a “piece of meat” be­fore she was “dis­carded on the ground like a piece of trash.”

The two men claim the woman con­sented to be in­ti­mate with each of them in turn, in­side the ve­hi­cle, at a de­serted area in Hen­don, but ad­mit they drove off and left her af­ter­wards, miles in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to where she lived.

Ahmed de­nies an of­fence of rape and one of theft. Miah de­nies two of­fences of rape and one of sex­ual as­sault.

Both men deny a joint of­fence of false im­pris­on­ment.

Ju­rors have now de­lib­er­ated in the case for about six hours but have not yet reached any ver­dicts.

The panel will re­sume dis­cus­sions on Mon­day.

Ju­rors have now de­lib­er­ated in the case for about six hours

Syed Ahmed, left, and Na­jirul Miah are ac­cused of rap­ing a woman.

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