Calgary man convicted in gang rape where girl forced to have sex for ride home

Calgary man convicted in gang rape where girl forced to have sex for ride home

Forcing a teenage Calgary girl to engage in sex with three men for a ride home on a cold winter’s night has landed a city man a sexual-assault conviction.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John McCarthy said Tuesday there was no “air of reality” to the defence suggestion that Abdifatah (Diggy) Ibrahim, 23, believed the girl consented.

The victim, who was 16 at the time of the Feb. 9, 2015, assault, testified in December she was forced to have sex with Ibrahim and two other men when she and her friend became stranded, in what the judge called “depraved acts” by all three.

She and her friend, then 17, had been at another friend’s home the previous evening and had taken the CTrain downtown to transfer to a Coventry Hills bus to spend the night at the other girl’s parent’s home.

But by the time they got downtown, the bus they needed was no longer running, McCarthy noted.

They were able to get a ride as far as a Beddington convenience store, but still faced a walk of up to three hours to get to the other girl’s home.

The friend then called a male acquaintance known as Vamba, and she agreed to have sex to pay for their ride.

But the victim didn’t want to engage in sex, the friend testified.

When Vamba arrived with two other men, the girls were driven to the John G. Diefenbaker high school parking lot where the victim was forced to have sex in the back of the car with all three males.

They were then driven to a Whitehorn residence, instead of to the friend’s home, and on the way Ibrahim forced both females to perform oral sex, McCarthy ruled.

There, the other two forced the victim to have sex again, assaults the judge found Ibrahim was a party to.

Defence counsel Lori MacKay had argued McCarthy could find there was evidence that Ibrahim mistakenly believed the victim was consenting, in part because he put his name and number in her phone when the teens were eventually driven home.

But the judge ruled that conduct was just as consistent with “a callous disregard toward the complainant by a person without any remorse whatsoever.”

At MacKay’s request, McCarthy ordered a psychiatric and psychological risk assessment on her client.

Crown prosecutor Jason Wuttunee asked that the case be adjourned to Jan. 18 to set a sentencing date, which will likely be in May.

Ibrahim remains in custody pending sentencing.

A second suspect is scheduled to stand trial later this year, while the Crown stayed charges against a third individual.

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