Vic­tim praised by po­lice chief

Sunderland Echo - - News -

A po­lice chief has spo­ken of the at­tack’s im­pact on the wider com­mu­nity.

In the wake of the ver­dict, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Sarah Pitt, of Northum­bria Po­lice, said: “This was a de­spi­ca­ble act which caused a great deal of up­set and dis­tress to both the vic­tim and the lo­cal com­mu­nity as a whole.

“Ra­soolli and Ab­dulla both in­sisted their in­no­cence through­out this case, but they have been con­victed of their crimes and must now face the con­se­quences of their self­ish ac­tions.

“Rape is a hor­rific crime that has a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on vic­tims and a cor­ro­sive im­pact on so­ci­ety. We will leave no stone un­turned when pur­su­ing per­pe­tra­tors to en­sure they are brought to jus­tice.

“I am pleased that these two men are now set to face a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time be­hind bars and are un­able to carry out any more ap­palling acts of this kind.

“I would like to praise the vic­tim for her bravery through­out this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, as well as the team of de­tec­tives who worked in­cred­i­bly hard to se­cure these con­vic­tions.

“There can be no doubt what­so­ever that the streets of Sun­der­land are a safer place with­out Ra­soolli and Ab­dulla.”

As in­quiries were launched and ex­tra pa­trols were drafted in, she pledged the force’s pri­or­ity was to pro­tect and bring jus­tice.

Chf Supt Sarah Pitt.

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