Woman raped as she walked home

At­tacker is sen­tenced to nine years be­hind bars for a ‘bru­tal’ as­sault in Hilling­don

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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