A MAN who befriended a student by offering to carry her shopping bags at the railway station has been jailed for sneaking into the 20-year-old’s back garden and raping her.
Awais Khan targeted the young woman as she caught the last train home from Witton on 2 July 2015, where she had been for a late-night shopping trip at the nearby 24-hour supermarket.
He helped her with her shopping bags and, despite the woman’s hesitancy, accompanied her on the journey to Perry Barr, where he walked her all the way home.
The flattered student was grateful for Khan’s help but soon became intimidated by his behaviour. She gave him her phone number in the hope he would leave, so she could go into her house alone.
In the days that followed, 26-year-old Khan sent a number of whatsapp messages, which the student, who wants to remain anonymous, reluctantly replied to.
A week after they first met, Khan climbed over the fence to the back garden of the unsuspecting student’s home and lay in wait in the alleyway until her friend left the house. He then went inside, confronted the woman and raped her.
Khan, of Glendower Road, Perry Barr admitted two counts of rape at Birmingham Crown Court on 16 October 2015 and was today (14 December 2015) sentenced to seven years and four months in prison. He has also been ordered to sign on the sex offenders register for life.
Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer DC Gavin McGrath said: “This young woman endured a sickening ordeal at the hands of Khan, who had planned his attack for a number of days.
“There are no excuses or grey areas when it comes to rape − if someone says no, then it is a criminal offence and our officers are have a proven track record for bringing offenders to justice.
“As this case clearly demonstrates, we take all reports of sexual assaults extremely seriously and meticulously investigate every crime.
“I would like to commend the woman in this case for her courage. As well as helping secure a lengthy jail term for Khan preventing him from harming others, she will undoubtedly be a source of strength and inspiration for people who are in a situation similar to hers.”
West Midlands Police has specially trained officers (STOs) who understand the trauma of sexual assaults and are available 24 hours a day to guide people through the formal complaints process, offer a place of safety and medical treatment as needed.
Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) based in Castle Vale, Walsall and Nuneaton - offer a safe and confidential environment for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.