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A BANGLADESHI student who is accused of raping two 14-year-old schoolgirls in South Tyneside has admitted having sex with one of the girls – but says she agreed to it.

 

Ferdoush Hasan, 22, told Newcastle Crown Court that the girl initiated sex with him and he obliged, despite her being drunk and him not “fancying” her.

Hasan told the court that he denied the encounter throughout police interviews because he was, and although he claimed he thought the girl was 17.

When asked why he denied knowing who the girl was, Hasan claimed that he hadn’t known her name until police told him, and added: “She came in and had sex with me. I didn’t force her. I didn’t need to know her name.”

Hasan is charged with rape, and is also jointly accused of the rape of another 14-year-old schoolgirl, with fellow students Abu Suffian, 21, and Raabsan Khan, 19, within days of the first alleged assault.

All three men, of Ocean Road, South Shields, deny a joint charge of rape and are standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Hasan also denies the second, solo, charge.

When questioned about having sex with a girl he knew to be drunk, Hasan responded: “She was drunk and she wanted to have sex with me, so what else can I do?”

Hasan told the court that the pair left a top-floor room at the flat in South Shields and went to an empty bedroom on the middle floor.

He added: “I asked her if there was any problem. She said: ‘It’s OK, I’ve had sex before’.

Hasan claimed that the pair then had consensual sex, after which the girl went back upstairs, where a group of friends were gathered.

He told the court that the girl hugged and kissed him in front of three to four of them before leaving to go home.

Hasan claimed that the girl visited his house again after they had sex and was accompanied by friends, although no sexual activity took place on that occasion.

The defendant told the court that he was attacked by the girl as he walked to work about six months later, after refusing to give her cigarettes.

He said: “She just jumped on me. She was shouting, I can’t remember what she said. I took my phone and tried to call police.

“My phone dropped and it was broken and my jacket was ripped.”

The court heard that the alleged victim physically attacked Hasan on a second occasion, and that a window at his house was broken by the same group of girls.

Hasan told the court that he was nicknamed Fokir – meaning street beggar – by friends, as he was known to be short of money.

This was supported by Khan, who also gave evidence yesterday.

Both denied a second alleged attack, in which it is alleged that Khan and Sufian held down the victim while Hasan raped her.

Khan admitted that groups of girls would visit the house at Beaufront Terrace, South Shields, but denied that he had ever had sex or shown an unhealthy interest in any of them.

n The trial continues.

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