Two men who preyed on a vulnerable female in order to abduct and rape her at the end of a night out have been sentenced to 28 years in prison between them after being convicted at court.
Ahmad Qasem, 23 (18/10/95) of Bushberry Road, Hackney, E9 and and Eric Oppong aged 32 (19/09/86) of Homerton Road, Hackney, E9, were convicted of various offences after a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 12 November, and 29 November respectively.
Both were sentenced at the same court on Monday 3 December. Qasem was jailed for 13 years for one count of vaginal rape, and 15 years for one count of oral rape, to run concurrently. He will also be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Oppong was jailed for 13 years for one count of oral rape. He will also be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
The duo first came across the victim in the early hours of the morning of 31 March, when they spotted her as they were driving on Homerton High Street. They stopped the vehicle, and offered her a lift home in order to lure her in.
Once she was trapped inside the vehicle, they drove her around various locations in Hackney for an estimated time period of over an hour - between 03.30hrs and 05:15hrs - and repeatedly raped her during this period. The victim was in too vulnerable a state to defend herself, and was so traumatised by her ordeal that she only remembers snapshots of what she was subjected to.
When they finally let her out of the car, they released her into the Homerton area, which was totally unfamiliar to her, without a phone, jacket or any means to get home.
DC Mark Papasavva, from the Met's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: "This pair of men deliberately preyed on a vulnerable woman whom they targeted at the end of what should have been an enjoyable night out for her.
"It is right that Qasem and Oppong have received lengthy sentences for these terrible offences. We would like to reassure the public that rapes committed by strangers to the victim are very rare, and are taken very seriously. We would like to recognise the bravery of the victim, who found the strength in awful circumstances to come forward and report these traumatic events."