Rochdale Rapists On Monday 27 April two men were found guilty of various sexual offences against two teenagers. 38 year-old Amjid Khan, who resides in Cloverhall Crescent, Rochdale, was convicted of three counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and indecent exposure. while his accomplice Gul Zaman, who lives in The Normans Slough, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault.
At Minshull Street Crown Court Khan was given a 14-year prison sentence, and Zaman two years and nine months.
Over a period of three months in the summer of 2012, Zaman befriended an 18 year-old woman and her 16 year-old male friend, both of whom he supplied with alcohol and drugs. He would pick them up in his car and take them back to his Rochdale residence where he would offer to pay them for sex which they refused.
At his own house Zaman sexually assaulted the woman and took both of the teenagers to another address in Rochdale where they were again plied with drugs and alcohol. It was here that they were introduced to Khan who then raped the boy twice.
At other Rochdale addresses the woman was raped and sexually assaulted. It was not until this occurred at a hotel that she confided in a college teacher and the police became involved.
Of the victims, Detective Sergeant Laura Orton said: “Both were extremely vulnerable and the men took advantage of this, pretending to be kind. “The teenagers believed that these men were their only support, as they gradually became more dependent on them. “Khan and Zaman are sexual predators. They were both living double lives, throwing their wives, children and faith to one side while exploiting these teenagers for their own pleasure. “I would like to commend the bravery of both victims for helping us with this case. “Without their support, we would not have been able to prosecute Khan or Zaman and put them behind bars. “I hope this sends out a strong message to anyone who is suffering at the hands of such people that we will take action and ensure the offenders are brought to justice.”
If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, you are urged to call Greater Manchester Police on 101. Alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, call the Manchester Rape Crisis helpline 0161 273 4500, or the Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514. St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to victims of rape or sexual assault in Greater Manchester. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.