Last August it was reported here
that two men were being sought for a sickening sexual attack on a 14 year old boy in Manchester. The attack actually took place on June 2, 2012, but CCTV was not released until August. Last night, this was one of the solved crimes featured on the BBC's Crimewatch
programme. Two men were convicted at Manchester Crown Court of the attack - two counts of rape and two counts of sexual touching; they pleaded not guilty, so the victim had to testify against them. The men convicted were Alex Wilson-Fletcher and 55 year old Gulf War veteran Abdelkader El-Janabi, who turned up for court on crutches. Perhaps unusually for an offence of this gravity, both men had been granted bail.
Wilson-Fletcher admitted being at the crime scene but denied any involvement while El-Janabi said he wasn't there. The CCTV gave lie to that claim.
On their conviction, bail was revoked, and the judge warned they face substantial prison sentences when they return to court on June 6. It is not clear from information released to the media if the two men knew each other, or how they met.