Police have dropped their investigation of one twin brother but the other remains in the dock charged alongside another man with the rape of a teenage girl.
After DNA was found in the victim’s mouth and jumper, both of the 22-year-old twins, of Carnarvon Road, East Reading faced allegations of sexual assault but now only one brother faces seven charges.
Yesterday a jury at Reading Crown Court were told Mohammed Asghar and Toseef Mahmood, 23, of Cumberland Road forced a 17-year-old to give them oral sex in front of friends before stealing her phone and abandoning her in a park. Aftab Asghar no longer faces any charges.
Michael Roques, prosecuting, explained the defendants admitted oral sex had taken place but added: “The issue in this case is ‘was the victim consenting or not?’”
Mr Roques told the court prior to the evening of November 5, 2011, the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had met Asghar, who she knew as ‘Karim’ once a couple of months earlier through another friend.
Asghar then contacted the girl through Blackberry Messenger – but she did not now how he got her contact details.
On the evening of November 5, the girl was at home when Asghar rang her.
“The victim describes him as difficult to understand, that he was speaking quickly and she couldn’t work out what he was saying,” said Mr Roques.
“She agreed to meet up with ‘Karim’, there was some discussion of some sexual behaviour happening between the two of them and she agreed. Just with ‘Karim’ the prosecution say.”
The teenager received a second call, this time from Mahmood on Asghar’s phone.
It was agreed they would all meet in Purley Park.
Mr Roques said: “She anticipated that three males would turn up so she spoke to two of her friends.”
The 17-year-old arrived at Purley Park with a friend and was met by four or five men who arrived in a car driven by Mahmood.
“They were described as very overtly sexual with both girls as soon as they got out the car,” said Mr Roques.
The men then started touching the girls in a sexual manner before separating the 17-year-old from her friend and leading her to a different part of the park.
Mr Roques continued: “In essence she was surrounded and in one way or another was forced to the ground.”
Three men then forced her to have oral sex.
Asghar then stole her mobile phone before the group of men drove off in Mahmood’s car, leaving the girl alone in the park.
Both Asghar’s and Mahmood’s defence is that the girl consented to everything that happened in the park. Mr Roques said: “If that was the case why has he (Asghar) stolen her phone afterwards? Why was he (Asghar) using a false name?”
Asghar denies one count of rape, one count of aiding and abetting rape, one count of attempted rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of sexual assault.
Mahmood denies one count of rape, one count of aiding and abetting rape and one count of sexual assault.
The sexual assault charge relates to the second girl.
The pair are jointly charged with one count of aiding and abetting rape.
The prosecution say they encouraged a third unknown man to force the girl to give him oral sex.
At an earlier hearing Asghar admitted to the theft of the girl’s mobile phone.
The trial continues.