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Two men who took advantage of a 15-year-old girl from a care home in Manchester and raped her have each been jailed for 11 years.
Hussnain Ahmed, 24, and Omar Ali, 24, persuaded their stranger victim to get into their car after they spotted her in a drunken state outside a care home in the city. When she pleaded to return home, they took her mobile phone off her and drove to a secluded countryside spot in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, and raped her on June 28 last year.
Police said the teenager fell unconscious inside the vehicle because of drink and found herself in a state of undress when she awoke.
The defendants dropped her off some distance from the care home and police were called when she later told staff she did not feel well.
Several days later Ali gave the victim her phone back in a chance meeting and the perpetrators were traced as their numbers had been stored in the phone.
Both Ahmed, of Duncan Road, Longsight, and Ali, of Sunnybank Road, Longsight, had denied rape in their trial at Manchester Crown Court.
Following sentencing, investigating officer Detective Sergeant Adam Cronshaw said: ``Not only did Ali and Ahmed rape a defenceless young girl but it is clear they exploited the fact she was from a care home, intoxicated and vulnerable. It is not known why Ali gave her phone back but clearly they did not expect the girl to find the courage to tell police she had been raped."
``During interviews at the police station, Ahmed initially denied any sexual contact with the young girl whilst Ali made 'no comment'. Later, when confronted with the forensic evidence Ahmed changed his story, attempting to claim she consented.''
He added: ``I am particularly pleased that this young girl has seen justice done and I want to commend her for her bravery. Both she and the other witnesses who gave evidence at court secured these convictions and their courage must be recognised.''