A "twisted tag team" of teenagers raped a young woman after breaking into her home following what has been described as an arrmed robbery gone wrong..
Eighteen-year-old Aquib Ahmed and a 16-year-old boy - who cannot be named for legal reasons - have been jailed for over 25 years for the crime.
The pair broke into a house in the Fir Vale area of Sheffield in March last year looking for drugs and threatening the occupants, a man and his daughter.
After realising they had in fact targeted the ‘wrong’ house, the pair returned three days later on April 1 where they subjected the young woman, in her 20s, to a horrendous ordeal, raping her numerous times and threatening her father.
Detective constable David Devey, the investigating officer, said: “On March 27, Ahmed and another boy, who was just 15 at the time, burst into the home of a man and his daughter, threatening them with a handgun.
“They had been looking for drugs and money but quickly left after they realised they had targeted the wrong house and the occupant and his daughter had no connection to drugs or any kind of criminality at all.
“Three days later, they returned to the house, purely for their own sexual gratification, where they threatened the man and his daughter at gunpoint before they each raped the young woman repeatedly.
“Ahmed told the man and his daughter he’d kill them both if they reported what happened to police. Thankfully we were able to quickly identify both offenders through information from the local community, CCTV work and extensive forensic and DNA evidence, which led to their arrest."
Ahmed, of Sheffield, appeared before the city's crown court today (Wednesday January 31) where he was jailed for 20 years, after pleading guilty to two counts of rape and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at an earlier hearing in October.
The 16-year-old boy, also from Sheffield, appeared alongside him and was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to the same offences.
Detective inspector Anna Sedgwick, who led the investigation, added: “The victims quite rightly viewed their home as a safe place, where they could relax and spend time with each other. Both offenders have selfishly destroyed this, subjecting them both, and especially the woman, to what can only be described as a disgusting, heartless attack.
"The woman has shown immense bravery throughout the entire investigative process and I’d like to praise the strength she has shown after being subjected to this horrendous ordeal.
“The prosecution described the pair as a twisted tag team, who have shown little to no remorse for what they did, which has ultimately shattered the innocent world of a father and daughter.
“I’m in no doubt that both offenders absolutely deserve today’s sentences and can only hope that father and daughter can continue moving forward with their lives knowing that these abhorrent, cruel, boys are behind bars where they belong.”