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Man who raped woman in Golders Green jailed

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Man who raped woman in Golders Green jailed

A man who followed a lone woman before attacking and raping her in Golders Green has been jailed after an investigation by Met officers left him with no choice but to admit his guilt.

Adhnon Marrtab, 24 (22.02.1998) of no fixed address was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, 15 July, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to rape and sexual assault by penetration.

Detective Constable Pat Leonte, who led the investigation, said: “This was an extremely challenging investigation and we went to great lengths to identify and reprimand Marrtab. We trawled mass amounts of CCTV footage across multiple days and worked alongside various specialist teams in pursuit of him.

“Thanks to the brave victim’s compelling evidence and the work of the wider investigation team, this dangerous man is now behind bars.

“Women and girls have the right to feel safe in London, at any time day or night and we are absolutely committed to tackling all forms of violence against women and girls.”

At about 03:45hrs on 25 October 2021, a 28-year-old woman was discharged from hospital and began to make her way home on the bus.

Shortly after getting off the bus at Golders Green Station, she made a trip to a local shop before crossing the road and waiting for another bus to take her closer to her home.

She then noticed a man, who has since been identified as Marrtab, crossing the road and walking towards her.

Despite shouting out in an attempt to discourage him from speaking to her, he got closer and grabbed her phone out of her hand. As she pushed him away and tried to escape, he grabbed her and kept following her, making sexual comments as he did so.

Marrtab then raped and assaulted the victim in a church yard before she escaped and jumped over a large fence before running off to seek help.

Following the incident, detectives worked closely with the Met’s forensic teams to identify the unknown offender and pull together a strong case based on undisputable evidence that offered Marrtab no choice but to plead guilty to the offences.

The breakthrough moment in the case was an examination of CCTV for a bus, capturing Marrtab boarding a bus and tapping on his Oyster card. A history of his travel was later obtained and officers were able to analyse a pattern of travel that emerged.

He was circulated as wanted on police systems and a manhunt was launched. With the assistance of the Met’s Violence Crime Taskforce, Marrtab was arrested on 31 October 2021 outside a hotel in Wembley and was subsequently charged.

After his arrest, Marrtab was booked into custody and a body search was conducted, revealing a large bite to his shoulder. This further linked Maartab to the offence as the victim had divulged to detectives that during the attack she bit the perpetrator with strength and expected this would leave a noticeable mark on his shoulder.

+ 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.

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