Two men have been sentenced over the pack rape of a woman
snatched off an Auckland street but police says another two
are still on the loose.
Abdinor Abdi, 29, and Mohamed Bashir, 25, were sentenced in
the High Court at Auckland today to 16 and 15 years in prison
respectively for their part in the continued rape of the
Neither will be eligible for parole until they served at
least half of their sentences.
A jury earlier found them guilty of rape and three counts of
being party to rape. Abdi was also convicted of abduction and
threats to kill.
Abdi - who refers to himself as Canada and 2pac - was
identified by his gold teeth. Both men were also charged
after DNA samples found on the victim matched samples already
held by police.
Outside court, Detective Martin Friend said DNA samples from
two other men were found in the victim's underpants and
police are still looking for the pair.
"I believe we got the main ringleader in Abdi. He was the
main instigator in what took place but obviously there is a
concern given the whole pack [rape] scenario."
The survivor of the ordeal was at court today and watched
proceedings from behind a screen. She was sick and had to
keep a bucket close by.
Crown prosecutor Sam Wimsett said the woman had been with
friends at a bar on Auckland's Karangahape Rd on June 4 last
She started playing pool with four men and lost contact with
The woman left the bar to go looking for them but instead of
getting help from the four men, they grabbed her by the
wrists and forced her into a car.
She was taken to a garage at an unknown location, forced to
lie on a mattress and held down while each man raped her.
"Having to dance in front of the men, having them giggle,
laugh and chatter must have made this particularly
degrading," Mr Wimsett said.
Abdi threatened to kill her if she did not dance.
She was allowed to go to the bathroom once and called out but
no one came to help her. She was then taken back to the
mattress and raped again.
"I felt degraded as these guys raped me one after the other,"
she said in her victim impact statement read by Crown
prosecutor Michael Walker.
She said she had put on 10kg on purpose to make herself less
attractive to men and slept during the day in an effort to
The woman also pleaded with the men to get help while they
were in prison.
Abdi's lawyer Peter Kaye said his client was born in Somalia
but had been living in New Zealand for the past 16 years.
Mr Kaye said while there "isn't any room for remorse", his
client did feel sorry for the position the victim found
Bashir's lawyer Nicholas Leader said his client maintained
He said his client moved to New Zealand when he was just 6
and was only one of two survivors from a village in a
In sentencing, Justice Ailsa Duffy described the crime as
"inherently brutal and callous".
"You maintain your innocence despite DNA evidence of your
semen being found on the victim's underwear," she told Abdi.
She told Bashir that his views on women were "dangerous for
"I also note that you espoused no remorse for your offending
and indeed, you said the victim was going along with the
Police are still looking for the other two men involved.
Anyone with information should phone Mr Friend at the
Auckland central police station on 302 6400 Crime Stoppers on
0800 555 111.