A sick predator faces a lengthy time behind bars after being found guilty of drugging and raping a girl in a secluded Warwickshire car park. Sheikh Mahmood used a social media platform to talk with his victim, just 13 at the time, before arranging to meet her on the evening of February 10.
When the victim got into his car, Mahmood is understood to have taken her to a secluded car park in Warwick where he raped her. Traumatised, the girl returned to a friend’s house where she told her what had happened and the appalling incident was reported to police.
Officers quickly identified Mahmood as the account holder and he was arrested at his home in Whitehall Road, West Bromwich, the next day. The 27-year-old was subsequently charged with raping a girl aged 13/14/15.
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Mahmood admitted supplying cannabis to the girl on the night of the offence, but denied raping her. But he was found unanimously guilty by the jury following a four-day trial in August and sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Monday, October 2.
Detective Constable James Stone-Fewings said he hoped Mahmood’s nine-year imprisonment would serve as a major deterrent and offer a glimmer of reassurance to the devastated victim and her family. “This was a hugely traumatic incident and I’d like to commend the victim for the bravery she has shown in coming forward,” Det Cons Stone-Fewings said.
“Our specially trained officers have supported her since the beginning of the investigation but understandably, it has been, and continues to be, an incredibly challenging time for both her and her family. Mahmood has shown no remorse throughout, and thankfully has been convicted of this appalling crime.
“The length of his sentence reflects the need to protect the public from him. We will always investigate thoroughly and do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice.
“I also hope Mahmood’s conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences and give them the confidence to report, safe in the knowledge that they will be listened to and supported.”
Anyone who has been the victim of a rape or sexual offence is encouraged to report the incident to police whose specially-trained officers can help victims with care and sensitivity and work to ‘get the right result for them with their wishes in mind’.
Alternatively, there are many agencies that offer help, support and a variety of services. More information can be found on Warwickshire Police’s support for victims of rape and sexual assault webpage.
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