LONDON: A man who raped a woman multiple times after he imprisoned her in a flat has been jailed for 12 years. Ahad Ali, 2, of Sidney Street, E1, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, 23 October, after he was found guilty of four counts of rape, one charge of false imprisonment, one charge of threats to kill and one charge of sexual assault by penetration.
The victim, aged in her 40s, was working for an escort agency and went to Ali’s flat at 21:00hrs on 13 February after he made a booking online. When she was inside the flat, Ali pushed her into his bedroom and locked the door.
He then grabbed her by the hair and picked up a knife and placed it against her throat. Ali raped the woman four times after he threatened to kill her if she did not do what he said.
When Ali went out of the room for a short period of time, the victim managed to call a taxi driver and screamed for help before Ali grabbed the phone off her. The taxi driver then called police to the address and officers forced entry to the flat.
In an attempt to evade arrest, Ali jumped from a seventh storey window. As a result of the fall, he suffered a fractured arm and leg. After spending ten days in hospital, Ali was arrested and charged. In police interview, Ali claimed the victim had made up the allegations but he was convicted by a jury on 25 August.
Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences (CASO) Command built up a strong case against Ali after taking statements from the victim and the taxi driver. Mobile phone analysis was also used to back up the victim’s account.
Detective Constable Stav Georgiou-Moran, a CASO officer who led the investigation: “Ahad Ali is a predatory individual who targeted a vulnerable female. This was a premeditated, violent attack that involved the use of a large knife to threaten the victim. “I would like to praise the courage and bravery of the victim in giving evidence against the defendant. Anyone who has been the victim of sexual violence is advised to tell someone they trust or inform the police.”