Sally Hobson Successfully Prosecutes Double Rapist Snared By Dna

11 June 2018

Sally Hobson concluded the prosecution case at Luton Crown Court recently in a case widely reported due to the circumstances of the way the defendant was caught. For ten years taxi driver Shipu Ahmed evaded Police as he had not submitted a DNA sample at the time of the offence and his failure to do so had not been followed up. After the initial offence was reported in 2007, as part of the Police investigation all Luton taxi drivers were asked to give DNA samples but Ahmed failed to do so. It was only when he was arrested for an unrelated domestic incident that his DNA was matched to both offences that were committed nearly a decade previously. He denied the charges but was convicted by a jury of raping a 15-year-old girl and a 22-year-old woman.

Summing up, Judge Michael Kay QC told him: "For 10 years both of these victims have had to live with the fact they had been raped by a taxi driver who had not been caught." He must register as a sex offender for life. For more information see press links below:

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