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Man jailed for Stratford stranger rape

News   •  Mar 03, 2017 17:14 GMT

A man who dragged a 16-year-old girl off a street in east London and raped her has been jailed today, Friday 3 March, at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Khurram Rehman, 29 (25.07.1987) of Richmond Street, Plaistow was convicted of kidnap and three counts of rape on 13 December 2016, following a six-day trial. Today at court the judge sentenced him to 21 years' imprisonment.

On Sunday 3 July 2016, at around 17:30, the victim was walking along East Road, Stratford, when she was approached by Rehman in his car. He got out of the vehicle and went up to the girl.

Initially he was friendly but he then grabbed hold of her wrists, threatening to stab her if she made any noise and demanded she get into his car. The victim tried to get away but was threatened again and forced into the vehicle.

Rehman then drove the vehicle to a car park off Elmgreen Close, Stratford.

The victim was subjected to a prolonged, serious sexual assault in the back of the vehicle. Throughout the ordeal she begged him to stop but he refused and continued with his threats to stab her.

He then demanded her phone number and warned her not to call anyone or tell anyone. He threw her out of the vehicle tossing a £10 at her as he drove away from the scene.

The victim reported the crime immediately and police attended. In an effort to intimidate her, Rehman made repeated efforts to contact the victim, whilst she was in the care of detectives.

Rehman was identified through forensic enquiries and arrested and charged on 7 July 2016.

DC Spencer Thomas of the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said:

"Khurram Rehman is a very dangerous man who kidnapped and raped a girl he pulled off the street. He poses a significant risk to women and I am pleased that today he has received this custodial sentence. The police have a responsibility to protect the public from this kind of individual.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victim who had the courage to quickly report this distressing assault to police, and attend court to give evidence against Rehman. I hope that today's sentence gives the victim and her family a measure of comfort and closure."