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Coventry gang appears in court charged with 39 counts of rape, sexual assault and trafficking teenage girls

Coventry Editorial 4th Nov, 2016 Updated: 26th Jan, 2017

FIVE COVENTRY men, accused of a raping, sexually assaulting and trafficking teenage girls, have appeared in court this week.

Waqaar Khan, aged 24; Kadeem Bourne, aged 23, and his 18-year-old cousin Kenan Kelly; Marcus Woolcock, aged 22; and 20-year-old Zahid Chaudhary all appeared at Warwick Crown Court charged with a total of 39 offences.

The jury heard how six teenage girls, some of whom were in care, were allegedly trafficked for sex, raped and sexual assaulted at the hands of the young men.

Some of the girls were recorded on mobile phones as they were raped or made to perform oral sex – the recordings, with the intimate details pixilated, played at Warwick Crown Court.

Waqaar Khan who is alleged to have played the leading role, has pleaded not guilty to six charges of human trafficking and 11 of rape.

Kadeem Bourne denies two trafficking charges, seven of rape, and one of sexual assault.

His cousin, Kenan Kelly, has denied two charges of rape, one of sexual assault and two of trafficking.

Marcus Woolcock has plead not guilty to six rape charges, an attempted rape, one sexual assault and four trafficking charges.

And Zahid Chaudhary has denied one charge each of rape, sexual assault and trafficking.

Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC told the jury: “Over a period of a little more than a year, six teenage girls were persuaded by the first defendant Waqaar Khan, through Facebook, to meet with him in Coventry.

“The prosecution case is that on each occasion he ensured that the young women in question were collected by car, and that the true purpose of his arranging these meetings was for sexual exploitation.

“In the case of five of the young women the prosecution case is that they were raped or otherwise seriously sexually abused, often in car parks and often by more than one defendant at a time, the defendants forming a close and loyal group who would act together with a shared expectation.

“These defendants, individually and collectively exploited the fragilities of the teenage girls, a number of whom were only 15 years old.”


In April a 15-year-old girl from Nuneaton was with a 16-year-old friend who was called by someone she described as her boyfriend.

Ramiez Bacc, a name used online by Khan, called the older girl to say he was with a friend called Kenan and offered to pay for a taxi for the two girls to travel to Coventry.

When they were dropped off, the girls got into a car with Khan and Bourne, and were followed by Woolcock and Kelly in a Ford Ka.

They were driven to an area where there were some garages and a number of other people Khan described as his mates.

There was a conversation about a threesome between Khan, Bourne and the 15-year-old, and both men also asked her 16-year-old friend to have sex with them, but she refused.

The older girl was told to get into another car with Kelly while Khan and Bourne drove off in a Peugeot car with the 15-year-old who was told she would be hit if she did not co-operate.

Bragging, ‘we’ve got what we want now’ the younger girl was driven round the area, stopping at a petrol station where the two men bought condoms, before being taken to the Gala Bingo car park.

When she asked what they were doing she was grabbed, and as she tried to fight back she was hit to the back of her head with such force that she lost consciousness.

Mr Smith said: “As she came round the two were in the front of the car watching a video on a phone and laughing.

“She was by then naked.

“The video was of her having sex with both of the men while she was, in her words, conked out.

“It was plainly without her consent.

“They must have recorded one-another raping her.”

When she came round Woolcock was in the back of the car next to her, and two more cars then pulled up, including the Ka which was being driven by Kelly.

Having dressed, she was dragged into the Ka, when Bourne and Khan also got in and, in her words, ‘it happened all again.’

She was then dropped ‘in the middle of nowhere’ at 2.30am, forced to walk all the way home.

Arriving home at about 5am, she collapsed into her father’s arms and told him what had happened.

The police were called after having been already been contacted by her worried friend.


Mr Smith also told the jury about another 15-year-old girl, who was in care, who had been persuaded to exchange naked photographs with Khan online.

She was collected from a party by him and Woolcock after she had drunkenly contacted him on Facebook.

The men drove her to a car park, and forced to engage in oral sex with Khan, while he filmed it.

Woolcock and Khan then took it in turn raping her.

Mr Smith said analysis of Khan’s phone when he was later arrested supported her account – and it was through the images that she was traced and spoken to by the police.

Of the other alleged victims, a 17-year-old was also contacted by the police after Khan’s phone was seized and data relating to her was found on it.

She had also been in contact with Khan through Facebook, and after they met up in October last year, supposedly to go to his house, she was also taken to an unfamiliar car park.

There he proceeded to kiss her, undress her and force her to have sex with him.

She was then driven to another car park where they were joined by Bourne, Woolcock and Chaudhary – the latter two forcing her to perform oral sex.

Mr Smith said she was then driven home – Woolcock and Bourne recording videos of them fondling her breasts during the journey.

The trial continues.

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