Men accused of two-day sex orgy in Honiton hostel

PUBLISHED: 09:47 05 December 2012 | UPDATED: 14:54 06 December 2012

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Court hears men were filmed naked on CCTV at Robson House, off New Street.

A gang of burglars broke into a boarded up hostel and used it as a ‘honeypot’ where they raped two teenaged runaways, a jury has been told.

The prosecution claims Ibrahim Jabri and Phillip Northmore did not realise the eight CCTV cameras at the hostel in Honiton had been left on and were caught on film as they chased their naked victims around the corridors.

The two men and a friend were allegedly filmed as they scouted around Robson House looking for a weak spot at which to gain entry and then using a stick to lift a latch on the front door.

The building is owned by a housing association and used as a hostel for care leavers but was empty when the two men and their friend Ashley Brennan allegedly broke in on a Saturday lunchtime in April.

They are accused of using it as a base for a series of sex attacks on two 15-year-old girls who had run away from care while on a supervised visit to a funfair in Breen, Somerset.

They travelled by train to Honiton where they met up with the three men who plied them with stolen alcohol before Jabri and Northmore carried out the alleged attacks over two days.

Their ordeal is said only to have ended when one of the two victims escaped screaming from the house and ran down Chapel Street into Honiton High Street where she was found by two social workers who were hunting for her.

They had been alerted when she managed to reach her phone and send a one word text message to her carer which read HELP.

The alleged intruders caused more than £3,000 damage to the nine-room unit, which was about to be opened, and squirted tomato ketchup on the walls and furniture, including the message ‘ha ha’.

Jabri, aged 20, formerly of Sidmouth, and Northmore, aged 28, of Wellington Road, Exeter, both deny burglary with intent to do criminal damage. Northmore denies rape and sexual assault. Jabri denies two rapes.

The jury has been told that Brennan was present at the time but does not form part of this case.

Mr Andrew MacFarlane, prosecuting, showed the jury at Exeter Crown Court extensive footage taken over two days at the building, which showed the girls so drunk they could be seen falling over and bouncing off walls.

It also showed them and men naked in the corridors, the moment of the break in and one of the girls running screaming from the building.

Mr MacFarlane said: “There is clear evidence of them casing the joint and finding a way in. Why? So they could use the premises for the weekend to provide them with an opportunity and a safe place to have sex with these two girls against their will.

“It rather seems they were unaware of the CCTV and gave the girls a conducted tour of the honeypot. The CCTV gives an idea of the atmosphere but the sex acts themselves were not recorded.”

He said both girls were plied with shoplifted vodka until they became too drunk to resist sex and later described being unable to move during the attacks. Neither agreed to sex and they feared they would suffer violence if they resisted.

One of their social workers tracked them down to Honiton and was looking for them when one escaped from the house and ran screaming into the town’s main street.

The damage delayed the opening of the building and included breaking cash boxes on washing machines, sabotaging smoke detectors and spraying ketchup.

The two men were interviewed and said they believed the girls were over age and had agreed to sex.

The trial continues.

Updates will appear here.

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