Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Two guilty of raping boy in toilets

A teenage boy was targeted at Manchester's Arndale shopping centre, a court was told

Two men have been found guilty of raping a teenage boy in the toilets of a city centre department store.

Alex Wilson-Fletcher, 42, and Abdelkader El-Janabi, 55, attacked the 14-year-old victim in the Debenhams store in Manchester on a busy Saturday afternoon last summer.

The boy was in the Arndale Centre at around 5.45pm on June 2 last year when he went to the toilets.

While there he was approached by the defendants and led out of the Arndale Centre and forced to go to nearby Debenhams where he was raped, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Wilson-Fletcher, of Oldham Street, Manchester, and El-Janabi, of Artillery Court, Ardwick, Manchester were both convicted by a jury of two counts of rape and two counts of sexual touching following a two-week trial.

They were remanded into custody by Judge Michael Leeming QC who warned they face substantial jail terms when they are sentenced on June 6.

The pair were tracked down after images from CCTV were circulated by police.

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