Two men who attacked a woman as part of a gang rape at a house in Abertridwr have been jailed.
Hemin Salimpirik, 33, of High Street, Abertridwr, known locally as ‘Micky’ and Kuchar Rahim, 35, of Marlbrook Walk, Bolton, had denied the attack claiming the sexual activity between them and the victim was consensual.
Two other men were said to have also taken part in the “degrading and humiliating” attack, although no charges were brought against them.
Newport Crown Court heard how the victim went to Salimpirik’s house in High Street at around 11pm on Saturday, November 24, last year, expecting to have a sexual relationship with him. Unknown to her, Salimpirik had four other men at his house.
Upon arrival, Salimpirik said the other men were going soon and offered the victim a drink.
The victim accepted a Jack Daniels and coke, which the prosecution argued was laced with a drug which incapacitated her.
She was semi-conscious throughout the attack, but was “paralysed” and couldn’t move. The court heard how she was left with bruises and abrasions following the attack. She repeatedly told her attackers she did not want sex.
She told the court: “I felt I had to get out, but I couldn’t. I did not have consensual sex – they treated me like a dog.”
The victim left the house at around 2am and police were called. Salimpirik and Rahim were later arrested.
As well as Salimpirik and Rahim, the other men at the house included two from the Bolton area, and a mutual friend from Cardiff.
The five men had earlier spent part of the day in Cardiff together with Salimpirik’s young son and daughter. The five men, according to the defence, then travelled to Abertridwr to look at some dogs that Salimpirik had bred.
Salimpirik said that while he had arranged to meet the woman at his address, he assumed the other men would have left by the time she had got there.
The defence claimed that while there, the victim had consensual sex with Salimpirik, Rahim, and two other men, while Salimpirik’s young children were upstairs.
But a jury convicted Salimpirik and Rahim and they were sentenced to 17 years and 15 years respectively and must register as sex offenders for life. The court heard how Rahim has very poor English and has lived in the UK for the last 15 years after being granted political asylum from Iran.
Sentencing them at a hearing on Tuesday, June 11, Judge Jeremy Jones said Salimpirik’s longer sentence reflected his role as the orchestrator of the “degrading and humiliating” gang rape. The pair will serve half their sentence in prison and the remainder on licence.
Two other men arrested in connection with the attack were released without charge.
In a statement following the hearing, Detective Inspector Michelle Chaplin, of Gwent Police, said: “This was a challenging case and the investigating team have worked tirelessly to bring these defendants to justice. However, if it were not for the courage of this young lady, who was the victim in this case, then these dangerous offenders would not have been convicted.
“Not only has she had to endure a harrowing experience, but she has had to re-live this through a difficult court case. It is thanks to her that justice has been served, and it is only through her strength that this positive result has been possible.
“Gwent Police endeavours to support all victims of crime – we hope this case demonstrates that ongoing commitment.”