Teenager admits knifepoint rape in Elswick

A teenager has admitted raping a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint in Newcastle.

19-year-old Abdul Miah appeared at the city's Crown Court via video-link and pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one of robbery.

He attacked his victim on waste ground in Elswick on 18 December.

He denied kidnap, false imprisonment, making threats to kill and having an offensive weapon but admitted carrying a bladed article.

Katherine Dunn, prosecuting, said those not guilty pleas were acceptable as it was not in the public interest to make the victim go through a trial.

The judge told Miah:

"The pleas have been accepted so there will be no trial in respect of those counts in which you have pleaded not guilty.

"I am told there is no issue in relation to the facts of the case as described by the complainant and you will be sentenced on that basis. As you will understand, these are very serious crimes that you have committed and admitted."

– Judge James Goss, the Recorder of Newcastle,

He adjourned the case to allow for reports to be prepared in relation to the risk Miah poses, and other matters.

Miah was remanded back into custody and will be sentenced next month.