Six schoolgirls subjected to ‘horrific’ sexual abuse and gang rape were accused by a defence lawyer of coming forward because ‘it’s better to be a victim than a slag’.
The girls, aged between 13 and 16, were targeted by a gang of five men at under-18s parties organised by Ahmed Hassan-Sule, who has been found guilty of 12 counts of sexual abuse.
Michael Magarian, QC, for the defence, suggested the girls abused in Banbury, Oxfordshire, only reported the crimes so they would not have to take responsibility for having underage sex.
He said: ‘It’s better to be a victim than a slag. Once you are a victim who has been groomed you no longer have to take any responsibility for anything that you did.’