Two men prowled a city centre looking for drunk and vulnerable victims to sexually assault before raping a woman in a car, a court heard.
Najirul Miah, 20, and Syed Ahmed, 21, were parked outside a takeaway in Sunderland when the alleged victim asked for a lift, believing they were in an unlicensed taxi.
When she offered to pay them to take her home the pair drove her to a deserted street where they took it in turns to rape her in the back of the car, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Prosecutors say driver Ahmed and passenger Miah were loitering in the area to ‘deliberately target drunk and vulnerable women in order to take advantage of their vulnerability and commit sexual offences on them.’
Prosecutor Paul Cleasby told the court the woman became separated from a friend after a night out in the early hours of April 10, 2016.
Her phone ran out of battery and she was unable to find a taxi, the court heard.