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Man convicted after woman raped in Wapping 23 years ago

Gulzar Hussain was convicted on Thursday (credit: Met Police)

A man has been convicted of raping a woman in Wapping, in 1997.

The victim, who was in her 30s, was raped on her way home from a night out in Canary Wharf in October, 23 years ago.

She was approached by two males acting as good samaritans whilst making her journey.

The two men informed her that they knew of a cab office where she could get a taxi home, after the DLR train she was on terminated early at Shadwell instead of Bank.

Instead, they led her to the King Edward Memorial Park in Wapping, where she was raped by both males.

An investigation was launched by detectives but officers were not able to identify any suspects.

The case was re-opened in 2007 when new forensic leads led to the arrest and conviction of one of the men, who received a nine year prison sentence in 2008.

After further forensic and investigative opportunities were established in 2017, Gulzar Hussain, of Seagrave Close, Wellesley Street, Stepney Green was identified as the accomplice.

The 40-year-old was interviewed under caution and later charged with rape.

Hussain was convicted following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 11 February.

He has been remanded for sentencing, which is due to take place at the same court on Thursday, 13 May.

Specialist Crime, Detective Constable Mark Crane said: “Twenty three years have passed since this wicked and cowardly attack was carried out by two males who were both aged just 17 at the time. They took advantage of the victim’s trust and subjected her to a horrific assault as she tried to make her way home after enjoying a night out with her colleagues.

“Though one man was convicted and jailed, the victim had to live her life knowing an outstanding suspect was still out there. At times it must have felt like justice would never be fully achieved.

“I am glad that a jury has seen through Hussain’s lies in court that it could not have been him. I hope now he will receive a substantial sentence, and the victim can achieve some peace of mind knowing both her attackers have been caught.

“Lastly, I would like anyone who has suffered a historic sexual offence to please take heart from this conviction.

“We have teams of specialist detectives with valuable skills and experience who will listen to you and investigate. No matter the period of time that has passed, the Metropolitan Police Service will take reports seriously and will endeavour to bring offenders to justice.”

If you have been a victim of abuse or you have information about an offender, contacting police on 101 or 999 in an emergency – there are specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or report online. You can also report abuse and get support from the NSPCC – 0808 800 5000, or visit www.nspcc.org.uk

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