Man in court accused of teenage rape

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A MARRIED man has gone on trial accused of repeatedly raping a teenager.

Hassan Akhtar told his victim she should not complain because “men like this sort of thing”, Durham Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Sarah Mallett told a jury the rapes took place in two locations over a three-month period.

Akhtar is alleged to have coaxed or forced the girl to perform different sex acts with him up to twice a week.

“Matters came to light when she told some friends what had been happening,” said Ms Mallett.

“They told an adult at their college who informed the police.”

The court heard 50-year-old Muriel Coleman helped Akhtar find his victim.

Coleman, of Church Square, Brandon, on the outskirts Durham City, admits two charges of assisting or encouraging rape. She is due to give evidence for the prosecution during the trial.

The jury was told the evidence against Akhtar includes DNA from bedding.

Akhtar, 37, of Dean Road, South Shields, denies four charges of rape, and one charge of attempted rape, all between December 2012 and March last year.