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East Ham man pretended to be Uber driver before raping woman

A man from East Ham has been jailed after he raped and robbed a woman who had got into his car mistakenly thinking he was an Uber driver.

Mohammed Awais, of Wellstead Road, attacked the victim in an alleyway after he’d picked her up in Dalston in October.

The 28-year-old had borrowed a white Toyota Auris, which the woman had believed was the Uber she had booked.

When she voiced her suspicion after the driver did not appear to know where he was supposed to be going, he locked the doors and sped up.

DS Emma Matthews led the investigation. She said: “It was established the legitimate Uber vehicle the victim had booked had been cancelled without her realising.

“Awais, who had never worked as an Uber driver, arrived at the location purely by chance and, spotting a lone female, acted as an imposter to get her into his vehicle before carrying out his despicable attack.

“His disgusting behaviour is beyond comprehension. He left the victim in fear of her life.”

After the horrific attack, Awais robbed the victim of her possessions, including her phone, cash and a laptop, and ordered her to get out of the car.

He then drove away.

Awais was identified as driving the vehicle by another man arrested as part of the police investigation.

He was identified by a witness at an ID parade and was further linked to the crime by forensic evidence.

He pleaded guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court to rape, assault by penetration, kidnap, robbery, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Yesterday, he was sentenced to nine years and four months’ imprisonment.

DS Matthews added: “(The victim) has been extraordinarily brave throughout the entire process.

“I would like to thank her for supporting our investigation, and hope that eventually, and with our continued support, she will one day be able to leave this terrible incident behind her.”

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