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A Japanese student faces a lifetime of silent fear after six youths subjected her to a two-day ordeal of rape and sexual abuse, it was disclosed yesterday. She spent 31 hours giving evidence and being cross-examined over 12 days in the witness box. Her account moved some people in court - including lawyers - to tears.

The six, aged between 15 and 21, are facing jail after being convicted at the Old Bailey. Their victim is now so ashamed of what they did to her that she cannot tell her parents, as she is afraid of the devastating affect it could have on their conservative rural life, the court heard.