“Utterly callous” gang who raped teacher on park bench after abducting her jailed for 68 years

Rapists made 15 phone calls to each other during the journey from Leeds to Bradford to arrange the attack.

Four predatory men – including a taxi driver, his uncle and nephew – were jailed for 68 years on Friday for raping a schoolteacher on a park bench after abducting and trafficking her from his cab.
The unconscious woman passed out after drinking at a birthday celebration before she came round to find one of her abusers having sex with her.
Private hire driver Tamseel Virk, 42; uncle and nephew, Azad Raja, 38, and Wakar Akhtar, 21, along with Najeem Ul-Saeed, 31, were convicted of the planned sex attack at Bradford Crown Court.

SWNS Tamseel Virk
Jailed: Cabbie Tamseel Virk was sentenced to 17 years in prison

They were each locked up for 17 years as Judge Durham Hall told just three of them in the dock – Akhtar is on the run, fleeing the country after giving his evidence -: “This was totally despicable, it was utterly callous, it was a degree of inhuman behaviour hard, even for one such as myself inured to evil, to understand.”
The woman was driven from Leeds to Bradford during which time 15 phone calls were made between the rapists, arranging the attack.
The assault happened in May when the drunk woman got in a taxi, which had not been flagged to his HQ, in breach of his licence, at around midnight.
The victim was ‘noticeably affected’ after drinking lager and whisky in a pub with friends, ‘talking gibberish’ and left her jacket, handbag and phone behind.
She was dropped off near their home and raped in turn on a bench in Great Horton Park, Bradford, while she was unconscious.
Prosecutor Andrew Kershaw said: “They manhandled her, causing bruises and minor injuries to both of her knees, as if she were put in a kneeling position on the ground.”
The jury was told the victim woke up while Raja was having sex with her. Akhtar is alleged to have told her he had already had sex with her.
Ul-Saeed then turned up ‘too late physically to join in the rape that he had set up.’

SWNS Wakar Akhtar
Guilty: Akhtar was sent down for 17 years

Describing her ordeal, the woman said: “I had been planning to settle down and start and family with my partner of four years.
“Following the 25th I felt I had the identity and everything I had worked for kicked out of me.
“Something so horrific and personal has happened.
“I do believe I won’t let what’s happened get the better of me.”

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