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Two men convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girl

Two men have been sentenced to a total of 19 years after being convicted of rape and a number of sexual offences.

The 13 day trial at Worcester Crown Court concluded today Wednesday (3 October) following an investigation by members of the child sexual exploitation team in Worcestershire.

Kulin Odedra, 28, of Canterbury Road, Ronkswood, Worcester was found guilty of two counts of rape, one attempted rape, and one of assault by penetration. He will serve a total of 11 and a half years.

Bradley Tout, 20, Durham Road, Ronkswood, Worcester was tried and convicted for a single count of rape. He absconded from court yesterday (Tuesday) but was sentenced in his absence to seven and a half years in prison.

A third man - Kasim Multani - was found not guilty of paying for the sexual services of a child.

Three men were arrested on 1 February 2017 for offences committed on 27 December 2016 at County Hall, Worcester and at another isolated location on the same day.
 
After forming a relationship with the victim, Tout began to control the relationship, subjecting her to sexual exploitation with two of his friends. The offences were committed against a vulnerable child, who was 16 years old while Tout was 18 at the time.

West Mercia Police is driving forward the 'Protect' campaign, which aims to disrupt serious organised crime and protect vulnerable members of the community from becoming victims of such crime.

Detective Sergeant Jim Hopkins said: "We hope these convictions demonstrate our commitment to vulnerable individuals and those victims of such crime as child sexual exploitation, which can so often be masked by the victims being groomed to believe they are in a loving relationship with the perpetrator, while abuse takes place often over an extended period of time prior to coming to the attention of police.
 
"These offences have a huge impact on victims not only physically but mentally and emotionally.

"The victim in this case has shown amazing resilience and bravery both reporting this to the Police but giving evidence against all three defendants in court and being subject to cross examination.
 
"We have specially trained officers working across West Mercia Police who will do everything possible to safeguard those who are vulnerable.

Det Sgt Hopkins added: "I would encourage anyone who has any concerns about a friend or family member or is a victim themselves of such abuse to contact their local police station, or by calling 101, or a crime is ongoing always call 999. No-one should ever have to suffer in silence."

Issued: 4pm, Thursday 4 October, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

 

Published 04/10/18