We haven’t heard much about the Muslim ‘problem’ in New Zealand, but as Muslim population numbers continue to grow, so will the disproportionate number of crimes associated with them. Two Somali Muslim men have been sentenced over the gang rape of a woman snatched off an Auckland street, but police are looking for two more still on the loose.
New Zealand Herald(h/t Jim S) Abdinor Abdi, 29, and Mohamed Bashir, 25, were sentenced in the High Court at Auckland today to 16 and 15 years in prison respectively for their part in the continued rape of the woman. Neither will be eligible for parole until they served at least half of their sentences.
Crown prosecutor Sam Wimsett said the woman had been with friends at a bar on Auckland’s Karangahape Rd on June 4 last year. She started playing pool with four men and lost contact with her friends. The woman left the bar to go looking for them but instead of getting help from the four men, they grabbed her by the wrists and forced her into a car. She was taken to a garage at an unknown location, forced to lie on a mattress and held down while each man raped her.
“Having to dance in front of the men, having them giggle, laugh and chatter must have made this particularly degrading,” Mr Wimsett said. Abdi threatened to kill her if she did not dance. She was allowed to go to the bathroom once and called out but no one came to help her. She was then taken back to the mattress and raped again. “I felt degraded as these guys raped me one after the other,” she said in her victim impact statement read by Crown prosecutor Michael Walker.
Abdi’s lawyer Peter Kaye said his client was born in Somalia but had been living in New Zealand for the past 16 years. In sentencing, Justice Ailsa Duffy described the crime as “inherently brutal and callous”. “You maintain your innocence despite DNA evidence of your semen being found on the victim’s underwear,” she told Abdi. She told Bashir that his views on women were “dangerous for society”. “I also note that you espoused no remorse for your offending and indeed, you said the victim was going along with the fun.”
A jury earlier found them guilty of rape and three counts of being party to rape. Abdi was also convicted of abduction and threats to kill. Abdi – who refers to himself as Canada and 2pac – was identified by his gold teeth. Both men were also charged after DNA samples found on the victim matched samples already held by police.