Afghan serial rapist who came to UK in a lorry jailed for life

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Aryan Rashidi

LEEDS: The Afghan national Aryan Rashidi, who entered the UK on a lorry illegally, also tried to commit a sex attack on another victim in June 2016 as she slept in bed with her husband with their baby in a cot in the same room A ‘predatory sex attacker’ who raped a pregnant woman at knife point in her own bed has been jailed for life.
Afghan national Aryan Rashidi, 20, who entered the UK on a lorry illegally, also tried to commit a sex attack on another victim in June 2016 as she slept in bed with her husband, with their baby in a cot in the same room. Rashidi later held a knife to his victim’s throat during the shocking attack in the early hours of October 5, 2016, a court was told.
He preyed on the pregnant woman in order to take a risk to ‘fulfill his sexual needs’, Leeds Crown Court heard. The court heard both victims have been left deeply traumatised and have had to move as they no longer felt safe in their homes. David Hall, prosecuting, said Rashidi used a ladder to climb to the bathroom window of the first victim before entering the property.
The woman, who was in bed with her husband, awoke to find Rashidi pulling  at her pyjama bottoms in the first attack in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Mr Hall said the woman pretended to be asleep as she feared Rashidi may be armed. Her baby was asleep in a cot beside her and another child was sleeping in a different room. She managed to wake her husband and Rashidi ran off, leaving a shoe at the scene. Rashidi’s fingerprint was also found at the property but police could not link him to the incident until after he was arrested for the more recent rape in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, as he had no criminal record in the UK.