"You never really come to terms with it, you hope to live with it."
Mohammed Rouf Ahmed, aged 50, who is from Bradford, has been jailed for 13 years for kidnapping and raping a girl aged 16 in the year 2000.
Ahmed was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, July 27, 2018, after he pleaded guilty in June 2018 to this March 2000 attack on the young girl.
He had initially denied his role in the attack.
His conviction for this sexual assault was only possible after his case was re-opened by West Yorkshire Police’s cold case team who were able to find his DNA present in the girls clothing.
The trial hearing heard how Ahmed, a taxi driver, spotted the vulnerable girl as she walking home after a night out.
The girl had ordered a taxi but it did not turn up. This was the point when “predatory” Ahmed targeted her.
He abducted the girl and subsequently raped her, two decades ago.
In December 2017, Ahmed was subsequently arrested and was charged the non-recent offence.
In addition to this attack on the young girl, Ahmed was also arrested and jailed for 10 years in 2010, after being convicted of the repeated rape of a young mother on a farm track which was isolated.
The victim from the kidnapping and rape in March 2000 is now 34 years old. She spoke after Ahmed’s sentencing.
She first acknowledged that Ahmed’s jailing would not have been possible without the courage of the girl who came forward in 2009. Because Ahmed’s DNA would not have been added to the system otherwise.
After an “emotional day”, she finally felt “at peace” after he pleaded guilty to what he had done to her.
As a survivor of the sexual abuse she said:
“You never really come to terms with it, you hope to live with it.”
She was thankful for the people around her who helped her lead a good life and added:
“There’s a lot of people out there, not just women, who have had this horrendous thing happen to them, I want them to know there’s a world of love and support out there.”
She was grateful for the patience and diligence of the officers who solved her case and said that for the rest of their lives the “monsters” who commit such a vile crime will be “waiting for a knock on the door”.
Speaking of the outcome, Detective Superintendent Jim Dunkerley from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said:
“Ahmed coldly abducted and attacked a vulnerable girl at as she walked from her home from a night out in Bradford and deserves to be in prison for what he did.”
“Ahmed denied his involvement when arrested but later pleaded guilty in court when confronted with the strength of the evidence against him.”
“Today’s sentencing once again illustrates to victims of historical sexual offences that West Yorkshire Police continue to work to bring justice for them.”
Detective Dunkerly also highlighted the scientific advances in solving such crimes:
“Scientific advances in forensic techniques coupled with the determination of my team to get justice for victim’s means any criminal like Ahmed who thinks they have got away with a serious crime needs to be looking over their shoulder.
“Those criminals need to be fearing that knock on the door to tell them that their life as they know it is coming to an end.”
“Ahmed clearly thought he had got away with his crimes but hopefully his sentencing today will bring some closure to his victim.”
After the court took his plea and probation report into consideration, it was stated Ahmed will be serving ten years in custody for this vile crime which he committed 18 years ago.