Small Heath man part of gang who subjected two teenage runaway girls to horrific weekend-long ordeal of abuse
A member of a savage rape gang, which subjected two runaway teenage girls to a weekend-long ordeal of sickening abuse, has been told by top judges that his jail term was not a day too long.
Jabar Rafiq, 29, raped a Telford 16-year-old, who was locked in a room with him, and also sexually assaulted her.
The girl and her 15-year-old friend, had “run away together”, London’s Criminal Appeal Court heard, when they were picked up by the gang from Birmingham and taken to a house and then a hotel to be abused by a number of men.
Rafiq, of Bankes Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, was jailed for eight years at the city’s Crown Court on March 14, having been convicted of rape and sexual assault.
Mr Justice Globe and Mr Justice Leggatt heard him plead for that sentence to be reduced.
The court heard that, during the weekend, the 16-year-old was raped six times by four different men, including Rafiq, and the 15-year-old was raped once and also sexually assaulted.
Rafiq’s part was to rape the 16-year-old in a locked bedroom in the house.
He was not one of those who picked up the girls, who were held all weekend but escaped on Monday morning and went straight to the police.
Lawyers for Rafiq argued that he had been treated too harshly. But, dismissing his bid to appeal, Mr Justice Globe said: “The girls were very young and vulnerable and were taken advantage of. The men who picked them up let others know that the girls were available, and the sexual acts committed against them were numerous and very serious.
“Rafiq committed offences whilst the 16-year-old was locked in a bedroom. This sentence was not arguably manifestly excessive and there is no merit in this application.”