The pair were sentenced today, Wednesday 22 January 2014, at Minshull Street Crown Court.
Sohail Pervez (born 15/08/1990) of Rose Hill Road, Ashton-under-Lyne was found guilty following a trial of rape and assault by penetration. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Hassan Samad (born 10/02/1987) of Kenyon Street, Ashton-under-Lyne was found guilty of aiding and abetting rape. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
Both were ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
On the evening of Friday 27 July 2012, a 15-year-old girl was out with her friends in the Denton area and had arranged to sleep at a friend’s house that night.
During the evening however, the girl became separated from the rest of her group and the battery on her mobile phone died.
At around midnight, the girl decided to walk back to McDonalds at Crown Point where she had been with her friends earlier, and when she couldn’t find them, went to wait at the bus stop nearby.
Two men in a silver VW Golf pulled up at the bus stop and the passenger asked the girl for directions to Ashton, before intimidating her and telling her to get into the car.
Fearful, the girl got into the back seat and the passenger climbed into the back with her.
She was then driven to a nature spot off Lumb Lane, where the driver got out and the other man raped her.
The girl was then pushed out of the car and left by the road side in an extremely distressed state, while the two men drove off.
A passing motorist found the young girl and police were called.
Several days later on Tuesday 31 July, a police officer on duty in Tameside spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one suspected to be involved in the rape – a silver VW Golf with tinted windows and black alloys.
The car was traced to Hassan Samad, the driver of the vehicle, and further enquiries led to Sohail Pervez being identified as the rapist.
Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels said: “These two men preyed upon a young girl who was vulnerable and alone late at night.
“Pervez did not know his victim but intimidated her into getting into the car with him, where he then forced himself upon her before the pair left her stranded in an isolated location with no care whatsoever as to what happened to her.
“Neither of these two cowardly men would admit their guilt in this case, causing this young victim to have to relive her traumatic ordeal in court. I would like to commend her for her bravery, which has led to them deservedly being put behind bars today for what they did.
“I would also like to commend the officers who responded excellently to this incident on the evening as they experienced one of the busiest nights in Greater Manchester, the painstaking efforts of the investigation team and forensic officers in bringing this case together and of course, the perceptive actions of the officer that made the initial link with the car after randomly spotting the vehicle while out on duty.
“Whenever we receive a report of rape, whether it be recent or historic, it is always treated extremely seriously and this is the level of service victims can expect to receive if they call us – we will investigate every aspect available to identify those involved in sexual crimes, put them before the courts and bring them to justice.”
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.
– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.
– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.
– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.