Brave tes­ti­mony put rapist be­hind bars

Vi­o­lent sex preda­tor is jailed for eight years

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

A SEX preda­tor who raped and vi­o­lently beat a woman in her mid-20s has been jailed for eight years.

Lakhvin­der Singh, 35, from Hayes, re­peat­edly punched his vic­tim in the face, caus­ing se­vere bleed­ing and bruis­ing.

She ad­mit­ted her­self to Eal­ing Hos­pi­tal’s A&E, where she had to un­dergo treat­ment for a frac­tured eye socket.

The attack hap­pened at an ad­dress in Hayes in Oc­to­ber last year, but Singh later apol­o­gised to his vic­tim, who he knew, and she did not re­port the in­ci­dent at the time.

The next month, on Novem­ber 5, 2014, Singh raped her at the same ad­dress. She went to Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion im­me­di­ately and po­lice ar­rested Singh the same day, be­fore charg­ing him and re­mand­ing him into cus­tody.

Mean­while, of­fi­cers spe­cial­is­ing in do­mes­tic abuse launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said: “It be­came ev­i­dent through first hand ac­counts that the vic­tim had been sub­jected on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions to vi­o­lence and non­con­sen­sual sex­ual in­ter­course.”

Last Mon­day, Singh was sen­tenced at Isle­worth Crown Court, hav­ing ad­mit­ted one count of rape and an­other of griev­ous bod­ily harm.

He was also placed on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for life.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Stephen O’Con­nor said: “We pay im­mense trib­ute to the vic­tim, who stood up to Singh by sup­port­ing the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and bravely re­count­ing a vi­o­lent and fright­en­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with a man who she trusted at the time.

“This pos­i­tive out­come is tes­ti­mony to our com­mit­ment to re­lent­lessly pur­su­ing vi­o­lent of­fend­ers re­spon­si­ble for abuse, what­ever the cir­cum­stances are.

“We have a ded­i­cated and ex­pe­ri­enced team of of­fi­cers who of­fer the high­est level of sup­port, re­spect and con­fi­dence to vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse.

“To­gether with our part­ners, we will con­tinue to make Hilling­don the most hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment for per­pe­tra­tors and will make ev­ery ef­fort bring them be­fore the courts at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.”

n SEX PREDA­TOR: Lakhvin­der Singh, 35, of Hayes, faces a long jail term

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