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Man heard girl being ‘raped in next room’
A HOTEL guest heard a man beat and rape a teenage girl in the room next to him, the Old Bailey was told yesterday.
The jury was also told the trial of nine men accused of raping and prostituting underage girls in Oxford could last up to 18 weeks – six weeks longer than first thought.
One of the alleged victims in the case – known as Girl 3 – said she was raped as a 14-year-old at the Nanford Guest House in November 2006.
Electrician Christopher Buckley was staying at the Iffley Road accommodation on the night she says she was raped by Bassam Karrar, and gave evidence to the court yesterday. Mr Buckley said: “She was pleading with him to let her go. She was crying and it seemed like he had no sympathy for the way she was feeling.”
The jury heard the man told a 999 operator: “I could hear a woman getting slapped about next door to my room. It sounded like a guy had a prostitute in his room and started turning a bit sour on her.”
Girl 3 told the court last week that Karrar bit and scratched her, raped her twice, and urinated on her in the attack. She referred to him as “Sam the Rapist”, the jury heard.
Mr Buckley said he was woken up in the early hours by “loud” voices talking about cocaine. He said he could hear two men and a girl, adding: “They weren’t sober. It seemed like they were pretty hyperactive. People high on drugs and drink.”
He said one man told the other to “calm down” before leaving. He told the jury the man in the room became “aggressive” and the girl wanted to leave. The electrician said the man threatened her before he heard a bang.
He said: “It sounded like a guy pushing himself on to a woman who didn’t want him to push himself on her.” The witness said he had “no doubt” the girl did not want to be there.
And he said he heard the man say: “You laughed at me before but you are not laughing now.”
The hotel guest said he packed his bags and left but did not mention the incident to the “old short guy” at the reception desk. He later rang the police.
The witness, who was in Oxford working on a contract at the Nuffield Institute, described the hotel as “run down”, “not very nice” and “a bit weird”. DC Rebecca Burley told the London court she found Girl 3 at the guest house and described her as in a “complete mess”.
She said: “She was in an extreme state of distress. She was crying uncontrollably and her body was shaking. She wanted her mother.”
And she said the girl told her: “He’s going to kill me.”
The Old Bailey heard on Wednesday that the doctor carrying out a medical examination on the teen after the rape claim was “on the phone arranging a golf trip”.
The court last week heard the girl later dropped the rape complaint after Bassam’s partner at the time encouraged her to.
The trial will restart on Monday as today will be taken up with legal argument.
All nine defendants deny all 79 charges. The trial continues.