Two men jailed for rape of girl in Luton

13/02/2012

Two men who raped an 11-year-old girl while someone filmed them on a mobile phone have been jailed.

A judge told Roshane Channer and Ruben Monteiro the case was "abhorrent" and they had shown a "casual attitude to sex and relationships". But, Judge David Farrell QC said there were exceptional features to the case which led him to reduce the sentence to 40-months for each of the two 21-year-olds.

The two men had maintained they believed the girl was at least 14, and, after viewing evidence, the judge agreed she appeared that age.

He said the prosecution accepted that the girl had not objected to what was happening, and the men had pleaded guilty at the earliest stage and did not have previous convictions for sexual offences. But, he said: "The girl had clearly been subjected to systematic sexual exploitation and you willingly used her for your own sexual gratification. It is aggravated by the fact that the event was being videoed".

He said there was evidence that the footage had been circulated, as it was found on one of the defendant's phones.

Channer, of no fixed address and Monteiro of Bailey Street, Luton pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to a single charge of rape. They were aged 20 at the time of the offence, which was committed in July last year.

Judge Farrell said the girl had been taken to some flats off Park Street, Luton by a group of 14-16 year olds. On a landing Channer had sex with her while Monteiro had oral sex which is now classified as rape.

The Judge said: "Despite her age, it is accepted she was a willing participant, but the law is there to protect young girls from this type of behaviour and to protect them from themselves. The case is made all the more abhorrent by your casual attitude to sex and relationships."

In addition to the jail terms the men must register as sex offenders for life and comply with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) restricting their contact with girls under 16, and be assessed for the risk they pose.

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