Rival gang members guilty of kidnap, rape and possessing a firearm

21/08/2017

Three members of an Exeter street gang who kidnapped and raped a woman they believed was working for a rival gang have been found guilty at Exeter Crown Court today 21st August 2017.

Abdiraman Kadir, Abdiraman Abukar and Mohammed Ibrahim were also convicted of a attempting to cause grievous bodily harm in a knife attack carried out on the same day as the sexual assault.

Exeter Crown Court heard the men, who were all of Somali heritage, were members of the 'Chyna Crew' gang, which regularly travelled from Birmingham to Exeter to sell drugs. They were involved in an ongoing dispute with a rival group over the supply of Class A drugs in Exeter.

On 23 February 2017, the three men targeted a woman who acted as a 'runner' for a rival gang and set about humiliating and assaulting her. They made her drink water from a toilet and kiss the bottom of their feet. The trio threatened to set her on fire and stab her before taking her to a second address in Exeter where she was sexually assaulted by all three men.

The court heard that during this time, the three defendants left the flat where they repeatedly stabbed a man they believed was linked to a rival drugs gang. Their victim suffered serious injuries to his legs and lower body.

A fourth defendant, Amber Olivia, who acted as a 'runner' for the group to deliver drugs, was convicted of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Allie Longhorn, of the CPS, said: "Kadir, Abukar and Ibrahim launched a chilling day of violence in two targeted attacks in Exeter, carefully organised to protect their gang's reputation. All three defendants denied the offences but prosecutors were able to demonstrate their individual roles in the kidnap, false imprisonment and rape and the knife attack. The first victim was subjected to a truly horrific, prolonged incident of serious sexual assault. It must have been a terrifying ordeal for her and she has shown tremendous courage in not only reporting the incident, but being prepared to support the prosecution and give evidence against these dangerous people in court."

The defendants will be sentenced tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd August with exception to Amber Olivia who will be sentenced on Wednesday 23rd August.

  • • Allie Longhorn is Head of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit (RASSO) for CPS South West.
  • Abdiraman Kadir, 21, was convicted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, kidnap, false imprisonment and rape.
  • Abdiraman Abukar, 19, was convicted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, kidnap, false imprisonment and rape.
  • Ibrahim Mohamed, 18, was convicted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment and rape.
  • A fourth defendant, Amber Olivia, 22, was convicted of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply after being arrested with the three male defendants.
  • Kadir and Abukar were also convicted of possession of a firearm, used in a separate incident on 8 February.