Three men deny charges as court hears Bedford kidnap and rape case

Luton Crown Court
Luton Crown Court. Image: South Beds News Agency

A 23-year-old woman was kidnapped, held prisoner and raped on her first night out in Bedford after the end of covid restrictions, a jury heard.

The woman was with a friend but lost her when they came out of Vogue nightclub in the High Street in the early hours of the morning.

Her friend told the jury at Luton crown court yesterday (Wednesday) that she went right and the victim went left to avoid a group of men fighting in the street.

The friend, also 23, spent half an hour looking for her on her own and was then joined by a male friend on the search.

Finally, at around half-past seven in the morning, she said she received a call from the friend who had been crying. She said she was at Kempston police station and said: “I need Mum.”

Gemti Hyka, 31, of Cambridge Road, Bedford denies kidnap, false imprisonment and four charges of rape of the woman.

Vullnet Haka, 33, of Washburn Close, Bedford and Ibrahim Bezati, 36, of Caves Lane, Bedford deny false imprisonment and four charges of rape of the woman.

The defendants are aided by Albanian interpreter.

Questioned by Martin Mulgrew, prosecuting, the victim said: “I have no memory of getting out of the club.”

When she was in a house in the early hours of 4 September last year she went into “survival mode.”

The woman went on: “I begged them to let me go. I was confused and scared.”

She said she would never agree to leave with someone she did not know and said she did not agree to have sex with anyone or sexual activity with anyone.

Her friend told the jury details of their night which included eating and drinking at Zizzi in Bedford before heading to the Slug and Lettuce and then onto Vogue nightclub.

She said it was their first night out after the lockdown. At one point she saw her friend receive a kiss from a man on the dance floor. “I told him to leave her alone and he left,” she said.

Case proceeding.

Reporting by South Beds News Agency
Edited by Paul Hutchinson for the Bedford Independent

Update: This article was updated on 24 March 2022 at 11:37am to correct an error in the headline.