Men laughed as woman raped, court told

THREE men laughed as two of them raped a 22-year-old woman in a secluded part of Ipswich, a court heard today.One of those said to have committed the sex attacks, Mohanid Alobaydi, of Bulstrode Road, Ipswich, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape when his trial began at the town's crown court.

THREE men laughed as two of them raped a 22-year-old woman in a secluded part of Ipswich, a court heard today.

One of those said to have committed the sex attacks, Mohanid Alobaydi, of Bulstrode Road, Ipswich, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape when his trial began at the town's crown court.

Prosecutor Simon Spence told the jury the woman was attacked after she got into what she thought was a taxi after consuming a bottle of wine and a vodka with lime and lemonade while out with friends of March 30 this year.

Mr Spence said the woman had been at The Cricketers pub and Yates' in Crown Street, Ipswich, during the afternoon. She then returned home and went out again in the evening.

But after an argument between friends, the woman left Fire and Ice nightspot in Tacket Street, alone around 11.30pm. The court heard she was “pretty drunk” and decided to get something to eat from King's Kebabs in Upper Orwell Street, before getting a taxi from Ipswich Cab Company nearby.

She ordered a chicken burger in the kebab shop and began talking to two of the workers she recognised.

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The jury were told the next thing she remembered was getting into a car she believed to be a taxi, driven by 38-year-old Alobaydi and with an unknown man in the passenger seat.

During the journey the car stopped to pick up a third man named Alansari, who sat in the back next to the woman, Mr Spence said.

They drove to a secluded spot in Tuddenham Road where the three men got out of the car leaving the 22-year-old behind.

The court heard that, probably because of the amount of drink she had consumed, the woman lay down on the back seat. Alansari is then alleged to have got into the car, taken hold of her legs, pulled her towards him and pulled down her trousers and pants.

Mr Spence said as Alansari raped her, Alobaydi pinned her shoulders down and forced her to have oral sex with him despite her protests to both of them. The third man sat in the front passenger seat watching.

Mr Spence said: “She recalled all three men laughing and joking as if they were getting a kick out of what they were doing.”

He added, because of the amount she had drunk and the men attacking her, the woman became physically ill and the two men stopped what they were doing.

They then drove back towards the town centre, before pushing their victim out of the rear passenger door of the car at the junction of Blanche Street and Cemetery Road.

The court was told the woman sustained cuts, grazes and bruises to her lips, fingers, hands, back and knees during her ordeal.

Residents were alerted to her shouts and screams around 12.15am.

One of the householders took the woman, who was crying hysterically, into her home and called police.

Alobaydi was arrested on April 7 at his home address, which was then in Whitton Church Lane.

Mr Spence said during police interview Alobaydi claimed the woman had got in the car, a silver saloon willingly. Although he refused to name the third man in the vehicle, Alobaydi told officers she not only consented to, but instigated, the sexual activity.

The court also heard Alobaydi owns a silver L registration Hyundai, which was known to be used as an unofficial, unlicensed taxi.

Mr Spence also told the jury that 20 minutes after the woman was let out of the vehicle, a taxi driver had seen two men appearing to clean out a silver saloon in the area of Upper Orwell Street.

The case continues.

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