Woman raped as she walked home
Attacker is sentenced to nine years behind bars for a ‘brutal’ assault in Hillingdon
A HILLINGDON man is starting a nine-year prison sentence for raping a stranger as she walked home.
Abdul Bah, 32, of Hercies Road, targeted a woman in her late 30s who was walking alone at around 1am on July 25 last year.
Isleworth Crown Court heard on April 20, how Bah had approached the victim from behind as she was walking along Long Lane, near the junction off Uxbridge Road in Hillingdon, and pushed her to the floor.
After the assault he ran off leaving the victim in a highly distressed state.
Residents of nearby houses heard her cries and called the police.
She was taken to a specialist centre for victims of sexual crime and despite the trauma, she was able to give a description of her attacker to police and Bah was arrested the next day.
He admitted being in the area on the night of the attack but denied the offence.
He was charged with rape on July 27 after DNA evidence linked him to the crime. On the first day of his trial, Bah made the decision to defend himself in court without legal representation, meaning the victim had to give evidence about her traumatic ordeal.
At the sentencing, the victim provided an impact statement where she detailed the effect the ordeal had taken on her and how she “still has flashbacks of that awful night”.
Detective Constable Jordan McGowan, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Bah selected a complete stranger to carry out a brutal attack.
“The victim was a lone female who was walking home.
“Thankfully, with the victim’s help and some good work by local officers, Bah was quickly arrested.
“Sexual violence is an abhorrent crime and Bah has been rightly imprisoned.”
n CONVICTED: Abdul Bah