Man remanded on charge of raping 14-year-old girl at station

A man has appeared in court accused of raping a 14-year-old girl who is alleged to have been attacked by two different offenders on the same night.

Khurram Rahi was charged with the assault by officers from British Transport Police, who are still hunting a second man who raped the teenager after she flagged down a passing vehicle for help.

A five-minute hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court was told that Rahi is alleged to have raped the girl, who cannot be identified, at Birmingham's Witton station last Tuesday.

Rahi, whose solicitor indicated that he will plead not guilty, appeared in the dock wearing dark tracksuit bottoms and a maroon shirt.

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Magistrates remanded the 27-year-old, of Rosefield Road, Smethwick, in custody to appear at Birmingham's Crown Court on August 28.

In a statement issued at the weekend, police said a 34-year-old man from the Birmingham area, who was also arrested on suspicion of rape, had been released pending further inquiries.

Thanking members of the public for supporting appeals for information, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Fitzpatrick said: "We still have a suspect outstanding for the offence in the vehicle.

"I would urge anyone who may have any information regarding this attack to get in touch as soon as possible.

"The second assault happened at approximately 2am close to Witton station. The victim flagged down a vehicle for help, a man then raped her."

The suspect being sought in relation to the second alleged offence is described as a thick- set man of Asian appearance, approximately 5ft 6in, with large biceps.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 405040.

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