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Rochdale abuse: Men jailed for sex attacks on teenagers

Rochdale town centre Image copyright David Dixon / Geograph
Image caption The men befriended their victims before driving them around Rochdale and giving them alcohol and cigarettes

Two men have been jailed for the rape and sexual assault of two "extremely vulnerable" teenagers in Rochdale.

Amjid Khan and Gul Zaman abused the 16-year-old boy and 18-year-old woman over a period of three months, Greater Manchester Police said.

The victims were given alcohol and cigarettes and driven around in Zaman's car, before they were attacked at several addresses in the town.

Both men were sentenced at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.

Khan, 38, of Cloverhall Crescent, Rochdale, was sentenced to 14 years after being found guilty of three counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and one of exposure.

Zaman, 42, of The Normans, Slough, Berkshire, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault at a hearing in February and jailed for two years and nine months.

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Image caption Amjid Khan admitted raping the 16-year-old boy twice

Police said Khan raped the boy twice at an address in Rochdale known as "the party flat".

The woman was also raped and sexually assaulted by Khan at other addresses in Rochdale.

Zaman sexually assaulted the woman at his home after previously offering both her and the boy money for sex, which they refused.

After being assaulted by Khan at a hotel, the female victim confided to a college teacher and the men were eventually arrested.

Det Sgt Laura Orton said the men were "sexual predators" living "double lives" away from their wives and children.

"But for the legalities around the fact they were both over 16, this would have been a case of child sexual exploitation," she said.

"Both were extremely vulnerable and the men took advantage of this, pretending to be kind.

"Thankfully they are both now where they belong, in prison."

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