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CPS statement on the sentencing of Abu Musa and Abdulrahman Hassan

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Brian Forshaw, from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: “This was an appalling pre-mediated attack on a young woman by Musa and Hassan.

“They knew the victim did not consent, nor could she consent, as they plied her with alcohol and forced her to suffer an evening of sustained sexual abuse.

“Their calculated actions and utter disregard for their victim have left her life completely changed, as she now suffers anxiety and is afraid to leave her house.

“I’d like to thank the victim for her bravery in reporting Musa and Hassan and providing crucial evidence which led to their convictions and being sentenced today. I hope she can take some comfort from today’s custodial sentence of 13 years for Musa and 12 years and nine months for Hassan.

“The CPS takes rape and sexual offences seriously and will always prosecute whenever our legal test is met. Ensuring the victim’s safety is paramount, and we can apply for special measures to be used during the court proceedings.”

Notes to editors

  • Abu Musa [DOB: 01.02.2002] was convicted of one count of rape, one count of assault by penetration, one count of voyeurism.
  • Abdulrahman Hassan [DOB: 01.01.2001] was convicted of two counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of voyeurism.
  • Brian Forshaw is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey-Cheshire in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit.
  • We can apply for Special Measures to help victims when giving evidence. This includes section 28 recordings of cross examinations where victims can give their evidence over live link in a safe supportive location away from the court.

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