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UPDATE: Man jailed after determined detectives secure rape conviction following thorough investigation

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UPDATE: Man jailed after determined detectives secure rape conviction following thorough investigation

A man has been jailed after his conviction for non-recent rape of a child in Tower Hamlets.

Jalal Hossain, 40 (01.01.84), who also used the alias, Abdul Sottar (01.07.83), of Tower Hamlets appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 6 October, where he was found guilty of two counts of oral rape of a child under the age of 13.

At the same court on Thursday, 7 December he was jailed for 11 years for both sentences, to run concurrently, and must serve a least two thirds of his sentence. He will also service one year on licence for each offence and has been added to the sex offenders register.

The court heard how Hossain knew the girl and groomed her over the course of several visits to various addresses in Tower Hamlets.

In 2012 Hossain raped and sexually assaulted the girl on two occasions.

In 2016 the girl disclosed the abuse to a family member, who made a report to police.

Officers undertook a painstaking investigation which involved gathering evidence and witness statements from over ten years previously.

Hossain was wanted for a number of years but could not be located, as he attempted to evade law enforcement by using a different identity.

The breakthrough came when officers were able to identify a phone number that he was using. They were then able to launch a fast-paced manhunt to find him.

Hossain was arrested on Thursday, 23 March in Kensington, but refused to answer questions about the allegation during his interview. He also denied his real identity and knowing the victim-survivor.

The victim and another witness attended ID procedures in 2023 after he was arrested and he was positively ID’d despite neither witness seeing him for over 10 years.

He was charged in police custody on Friday, 24 March.

Detective Constable Emma Price, of Central East Command Unit's Sapphire Unit said: “Hossain exploited and took advantage of a vulnerable child and abused the position of trust he had been given. She showed commendable bravery in providing evidence to police and at the trial. I hope that this sentencing will bring her a small measure of comfort and a sense that justice has been done.

"We will continue to support her and I hope her actions will encourage any other survivors of sexual abuse to come forward. We are committed to fighting violence against women and girls and we want to help you get the support you so rightly deserve.”

If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about an offender, contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency – there are specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed.

Further information, including details of agencies and charities that can offer support can be found on our website.

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