Oxford exploitation trial: Girl 'feared death during rape'

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Nine men are accused of sexually exploiting six girls, aged between 11 and 15

A woman has told her court how she thought she was going to die during a "brutal" rape when she was 14.

Now in her 20s, she told jurors she went willingly to a guest house in Oxford with defendant Bassam Karrar.

She agreed to have sex but refused further advances before being raped and called "white trash", "prostitute" and "crack head", the Old Bailey heard.

Nine men, from Oxford and Berkshire, deny 51 counts relating to girls aged between 11 and 15 from 2004 to 2012.

The woman, who cannot be named, said she had been drinking while Bassam Karrar was taking cocaine before they had sex, the jury heard.

When he wanted sex again she refused, saying she had to go home because her mother would be worried.

'Fire extinguisher'

She told the court: "He pushed me on to the bed.

"I said if he made me have sex with him that would be rape. He jumped on top of me and started pulling my hair.

"He was just brutal about it. It was hurting me. It felt like my hair was about to fall off my head.

"He smacked me in the face. It felt like I'd been hit over the head with a fire extinguisher."

She said at one point Bassam Karrar was holding her throat and saying "I'm going to kill you".

She told the court she believed the threat, saying: "I couldn't breathe because his hands were so tight around my throat. I thought that was how I was going to die."

She said after she was raped twice, Bassam Karrar verbally abused her.

'Laughing and shouting'

She told the court she became aware of police arriving at the guest house and ran out into the street in a towel.

She said: "I was screaming help me I've just been raped and everyone was just walking past.

"Bassam put his head out the window and was laughing and shouting 'come back up here'."

She told the court she did not pursue a formal complaint to police because a friend told her Bassam Karrar had children which he would never see again if she did.

The woman also told jurors she would be sent to London to have sex with men she called "predators".

She told jurors Bassam Karrar's brother Mohammed Karrar, who is also on trial, told her she "had a job to do" there.

The men would take her to flats or apartments where sometimes they would have sex with her, other times they would buy her food then just sit and look at her, she claimed.

She said on occasions the men would buy her lingerie or high heels they wanted her to wear and would sometimes take photographs of her.

She said she felt "confused" and "angry" at herself after the trips and would want to be "cradled like a baby" by her mother when she returned.

The nine men are accused of grooming and exploiting six girls in total.

The trial is expected to last until April. The defendants, who are all in custody, are:

  • Kamar Jamil, 27, of formerly of Aldrich Road, Oxford
  • Akhtar Dogar, 32, of Tawney Street, Oxford; and his brother Anjum Dogar, 30, of Tawney Street, Oxford
  • Assad Hussain, 32, of Ashurst Way, Oxford
  • Mohammed Karrar, 38, of Kames Close, Oxford; and his brother Bassam Karrar, 33, of Hundred Acres Close, Oxford
  • Mohammed Hussain, 24, of Horspath Road, Oxford
  • Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, of Palmer Road, Oxford
  • Bilal Ahmed, 26, of Suffolk Road, Maidenhead

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