As Man, 21, ‘Claimed To Be Saddam Hussein After Raping One Woman On A Riverbank

As Man, 21, 'Claimed To Be Saddam Hussein After Raping One Woman On A Riverbank

An alleged rapist claimed he was Saddam Hussein after attacking one woman behind a Halfords store and told a second ‘Allah’s going to get you’.

Abdel-Aziz Al-Shamary, 21, is accused of raping a woman after dragging her down a river bank in Darlington town centre.

He was arrested shortly after the sobbing woman was found near the River Skerne with her face covered in blood and her jeans and underwear around her ankles.

When he was arrested, the defendant yelled ‘Do you know Saddam Hussein? I am Saddam Hussein. I will not talk to you, you are a woman.’

He also twice referred to England as a ‘b***h country’ and shouted ‘kill me now’.

Al-Shamary who had been watching ‘outdoor sex’ videos on his mobile phone hours earlier and drunk two bottles of whiskey appeared agitated with glazed eyes, the court heard.

In a statement read out to the jury at Teesside Crown Court, Sergeant Gary O’Neill said: ‘He began shouting words to the effect that he was Saddam Hussein.’
He was only restrained when he was threatened with a Taser.

PC Jacqueline Mallows said when she tried to restrain Al-Shamary he angrily told her not to touch him.

PC Mallows said before his arrest Al-Shamary, who denies rape and attempted rape on May 16/17 this year, told her: ‘I will not speak to you, you are a woman…in my country, we speak to men.’

Before his arrest another witness Gemma Stirling said Al-Shamary lunged at her as she walked with a friend into Darlington town centre to buy some food.

She said she told Mr. Al-Shamary to ‘f*** off’ and claimed he replied: ‘Allah is going to get you’.

Al-Shamary is then accused of attacking another woman when she left The Greyhound pub.

She told police officers in a video statement played to the jury: ‘I left the pub and he came over to me and pushed me over on the grass of the river bank.

‘I fell face down with my arms in front of me and I turned to look at him and he punched me in the face.

DNA from the alleged victim was found on Al-Shamary’s underwear, the court was told.

Al-Shamary, of Darlington, has admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He denies rape. The trial continues.



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