Friday, May 30, 2014

Young woman sexually assaulted by what she thought was a minicab.

A 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Aldershot after she got into a car that she thought was a taxi.

The victim left The Funky End pub on Friday 23rd May at 2am and was standing on a traffic island in Station Road for about 30 minutes.

At around 2.30am, the woman then got into a dark-coloured car which she believed was a minicab.

She was then driven away to Station Road and was then seriously sexually assaulted.

The woman was later seen on foot at Aldershot Train Station at about 3.30am.

We are extremely keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this woman in the early hours of Saturday or anyone who has information which could help this investigation.

Make sure you look after your friends and use licensed taxis when you need to travel home."

– CHIEF INSPECTOR ANNABEL BERRY

Also in the news earlier this week.

Rapist jailed eight years after attack through DNA match following minicab touting arrest.



Mohammed Kobir Ahmed aged 34, from Seyssel Street, London, E14 has been found guilty of rape and sentenced to six years in prison after his DNA was matched to an offence he committed eight years ago.

​In 2005 the City of London Police investigated a rape after a woman was assaulted in the Cannon Street area in the Square Mile. Officers exhausted all leads but were unable to find a match for the suspects DNA taken from the victim.​​​

However, eight years later investigating officers were sent a DNA match report after a man was arrested in 2013 for a minicab touting offence in the West End. This was enough evidence to arrest Ahmed on suspicion of rape.

When asked about the offence, Ahmed denied the allegation of rape and stated that he had only ever had sexual intercourse with his wife and had no knowledge of Cannon Street in the City of London.

Officers then searched his property finding documents evidencing that he was working as a restaurant owner near Cannon Street when the offence occurred.

Detective Constable Nicola Allen from the forces Major Investigation Team said:

“The success of this investigation owes a huge debt to old fashioned detective work by a committed team, but also to the advancement of DNA profiling.

It sends a strong message to those committing sexual offences that they will be found no matter how long it may take.”

He was later found guilty of rape at the Old Bailey on 16 May 2014.

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