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Newham man sentenced to 19 years for sustained abuse of ex-partner

Ashfak will remain on license four years after his prison term ends (Pic-Met Police)

A Newham man has been sentenced to 19 years imprisonment for a sustained period of abuse against an ex-partner.

Mohammed Ashfak, 32, was handed the sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 4 February after previously being found guilty of 11 offences. 

Between January and May 2020, Ashfak repeatably assaulted his partner and also made threatened to kill both her and himself. 

On two occasions he raped her and filmed himself doing so. 

The victim initially reported an incident on 3 April 2020 in which Ashfak assaulted her, held a rusty knife to her and attempted to rape her.

He was charged with two offences and bailed by the court.

Just over a month later, on 5 May 2020, officers were called to another incident where the victim had been found in the road covered in blood.

She had been assaulted by Ashfak who had tried to prevent her from leaving the house.

Ashfak was further charged and remanded, it was at this point the victim disclosed all of the earlier offences, including the rapes, to police.

She was provided with specialist support including a Sexual Offences Investigation Team officer, PC Rebecca Cecil, who has received additional training to support victims of serious sexual offences.

She was supported by specially trained officers in the lead up to the trial, she prepared this statement that was read out at court, “I remember everything he’s done and said to me. His actions, his voice. I get days where I wake up terrified. I have never felt like I do now.

“I’m not fit enough to go back to work, it’s just not something I’m ready to do. It will take time for me to build it back up. I just don’t feel safe. I don’t know how to go out there, be around males, have colleagues and stuff like that.

“I feel angry and disappointed, sometimes I blame myself.

“When it’s been really difficult for me and I’ve felt like I can’t carry on, come to court, give evidence, I’ve carried on because I don’t want him to hurt someone else’s daughter.

“Let me be the last person he ever touches. Nobody should experience what he has done to me.”

Detective Constable Jennifer Newman, who led the investigation, said, “Ashfak is a dangerous and manipulative man and I have no doubt that were he not serving a custodial sentence, he would go on to commit similar offences against other women.

“The offending took place over a four-month period but her life has been turned upside down by what happened. She deserves a huge amount of credit, not only for reporting Ashfak to police, despite his threats about what would happen if she did so, but also for supporting the trial and providing key evidence which led to his conviction. This is despite a number of delays to the proceedings.

“It is because of her bravery that he is behind bars and we hope her actions encourage anyone else in an abusive relationship to come forward and speak to us. We will support you every step of the way.”

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