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Friday, September 1, 2017

Somali man Rashid Abuuh found guilty of raping and robbing Canberra sex worker

(ABC) - A Somalian man accused of working with two brothers to book a sex worker before dragging her into a bedroom and raping her has been found guilty in the ACT Supreme Court.

Rashid Mohamud Abuuh, 24, denied his involvement in the attack, however the two brothers, 32-year-old Mohammad Alibassi and 22-year-old Khalid Alibassi, acknowledged their roles in the assault.
PHOTO: Rashid Abuuh said he only assaulted the woman because he was scared of his accomplices. (ABC News)


During Abuuh's trial, the jury heard tearful testimony from the sex worker Abuuh attacked.
She said she feared for what would happen to her as he twice forced her to have sex.

The jury heard Abuuh and the brothers only fled when a co-worker of the victims knocked on the door.


However throughout the trial Abuuh maintained he had only taken part in the attacks because he was scared of the Alibassi brothers.

The brothers were also charged over the rape of a second woman in the apartment where the attack took place, and the separate rape of another sex worker.

Mohammad and Khalid Alabassi were each jailed for close to eight years two weeks ago.

Abuuh was today found guilty on four counts related to the assault, including rape and robbery.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced later this year.
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