Two men charged with rape of teenage boy in Manchester Debenhams toilet – police praise public help

By Dean Wilkins

A successful public appeal to find offenders wanted in connection with the rape of a teenage boy in Debenhams, Manchester city centre, has led to two men being charged.

Officers have charged Abdelkader El-Janabi, 55, of Artillery Court, Ardwick, and Alex Wilson-Fletcher, 41, of Oldham Street, Manchester city centre, with two offences of rape and one of sexual touching of a boy aged just 14.

In broad daylight on Saturday June 2, at around 5.45pm, the 14-year-old boy was in the Arndale centre, near the entrance of Aldi and Subway, when he went to the toilets.

While there he was approached by two men and frogmarched out of the Arndale centre and taken to nearby Debenhams where he was raped in the toilets.

Superintendent Stuart Ellison said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response from members of the public.

“Quite rightly everyone felt a sense of shock and disgust when we put the details and images.”

Both men are due to appear before Manchester City Magistrates Court on October 11.

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