Curry house owner cleared of rape and as­sault charges

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

A CURRY house owner has been cleared of rap­ing a vul­ner­a­ble man in his Bris­tol home.

Lut­fur Rahman, boss of the British Raj in West­bury-on-Trym, ini­tially de­nied all charges after the man said he was sex­u­ally at­tacked when alone in his home.

But when ev­i­dence found in the home matched Rahman’s DNA pro­file, the 63-year-old res­tau­ra­teur said the two of them had had con­sen­sual sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

Rahman, of St Edyths Road in Bris­tol, de­nied sex­ual as­sault and rape in June last year.

A jury at Bris­tol Crown Court unan­i­mously found him not guilty of both charges.

James Haskell, prose­cut­ing, said the com­plainant re­ported that a man pushed into his home and sex­u­ally abused him.

The com­plainant’s key worker re­ported the al­leged abuse to po­lice.

Mr Rahman was ar­rested and told po­lice he didn’t know the com­plainant and had not been to his ad­dress.

He said he had been mar­ried 30 years, his re­la­tion­ship with his wife was very good and he didn’t find men sex­u­ally at­trac­tive.

But when foren­sic ev­i­dence was un­cov­ered link­ing Mr Rahman to the scene, Rahman failed to an­swer ques­tions.

He then said there was con­sen­sual sex­ual ac­tiv­ity be­tween him and the com­plainant that day.

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