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East Lancs teen denies making up rape story to avoid trouble at school
9:18am Friday 21st March 2014 in News
A TEENAGER has denied claims she made up a story about having been raped to get out of trouble at school.
A court heard the 15-year-old girl told teachers and police that she had been attacked by Imran Khan, 36, in an upstairs bedroom at a house in Chester Street, Blackburn, after she and her friend, 14, got into a Honda Civic driven by another man, Zhaid Mohmmed, 45, late at night in the town centre.
Charles Kayne, defending, asked the girl, who appeared via video link, if she made up the allegation and told her teacher because she was ‘frightened’ she would get into trouble for refusing to go to her form class.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “Why would I use that as an excuse of getting out of trouble?
“I told her because it was wrong and it was destroying my mind.”
The barrister put it to the alleged victim that she had convinced herself ‘through shame or fear’ that the act of consensual sexual intercourse was rape.
The girl said: “How many times? I did not consent to sex with that man.”
Prosecuting, Robert Golinski asked the girl about what frame of mind she was in when she told the teacher what Khan, of Tenby Close, had allegedly done to her.
She replied: “I did not know what to think, what to do.”
Khan then took to the stand to deny the allegations. He told the jury the girls had said they were 16 and 17 and that he and Mohmmed would have ‘kicked them out’ of the car had they known or suspected they were younger.
The defendant denied ever telling them to duck their heads so that the police could not see them.
Khan denies rape and two counts of detaining a child without lawful authority. Mohmmed, of Boardman Street, Bolton, also denies two charges of sexual activity with a female under 16 and two of detaining a child without authority.