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Ahsan Imran jailed for ten years for raping two sex workers

February 16, 2013, 4:47 am

A VIOLENT man who raped two sex workers and badly injured them has today, Wednesday 13 February, been jailed for ten years.

Investigating officers said they hoped the conviction would encourage other prostitutes in similar situations to come forward and trust police to treat crimes against them seriously.

Ahsan Imran, 26 (4.3.86) of Marmadon Road, SE18, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court having previously been found guilty of two counts of rape, attempted rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle with intent in attacks at Plumstead Gardens SE18.

He was sentenced to ten years in jail, with a three year extension due to the dangerous nature of the offence.

On Friday 8 June 2012 Asham approached a 25-year-old prostitute and offered her £30 for sex. He then directed her to a secluded area of Plumstead Gardens Park where he forced his fingers in a ‘fish-hook’ move inside her mouth, causing serious injuries and the loss of teeth.

He then raped her twice.

The victim needed hospital treatment for a week following the attack.

On Monday 2 July 2012 Asham asked another prostitute, aged 32, for sex for £30 at the same location.

He attempted to strangle the victim with a plastic bag and suffocate her by stuffing his sock in her mouth.

He then tried to rape her but the victim struggled and managed to fight him off.

Asham fled leaving the victim to stumble half-naked from the park to seek help. She had significant injuries to her face, neck and body and was taken to hospital.

Police retrieved items from the scene, including the bag, sock and victim’s clothing. CCTV enquiries and a pro-active operation led to the suspect being found and detained.

Detective Constable Joanne Crockford, who investigated the case from the Met’s Sapphire command alongside Detective Constable James White, said: “Thankfully we have stopped a violent and predatory offender in his tracks. His vicious attacks on vulnerable victims could have led to someone being murdered.”

Detective Inspector Neal Burton, from Sapphire said: “The Sapphire team have put away a very dangerous man. They were industrious and persistent in solving these horrendous crimes. They secured the trust of the victims and ensured this successful outcome.

“Rape of street workers is under-reported and this conviction sends a clear message who think they can assault vulnerable woman. I hope this will encourage those who have been victims to come forward and tell us what has happened to them.”

 
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