“This was an appalling, brutal joint attack."
Two men from Luton have been jailed for a total of 30 years for raping, sexually assaulting and beating a woman.
Luton Crown Court heard that the violent sexual assault and beating came to light when officers responded to a concern for welfare.
On March 3, 2020, at 12:30 pm, officers had gone to Hockwell Ring, Luton, and found a distressed woman.
She had been raped, sexually assaulted and beaten with objects, including a table leg and a vacuum cleaner pipe, by Alyas Hussain and Slamet Nazir.
Both men were found guilty of raping and assaulting the woman.
Her Honour Judge Gilbert, passing sentence, said:
“This was an appalling, brutal joint attack. Hussain had an arrogant belief, evident from the way he spoke to police, that she was expendable.
“He was less directly involved in the sexual assaults, but his violence facilitated them.
“The disrespect and contempt they had for this victim was clear.”
On February 17, 2021, Hussain, aged 41, of Newark Road, was jailed for 15 years.
Nazir, aged 38, of Cavendish Road, was jailed for 15 years. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Detective Sergeant Clare Gilbert, who led the team of investigators at Bedfordshire Police, said:
“The level of violence and fear, in this case, is one of the worst I have ever known in my time as a police officer.”
“If it wasn’t for the intervention by the members of the public, I am in no doubt the outcome would have been much worse.
“I would like to thank the people that came to this woman’s aid, firstly by reporting the incident to us, but also by providing such strong and compelling evidence that the jury saw through Hussain and Nazir’s lies.
“We will always seek to prosecute anyone who commits rape or sexual offences, and the length of the sentences handed down here reflects the depraved level of their offending.”
Detective Inspector Michelle Lack added:
“If something has happened to you, please report it.
“We will believe you, and we will do all that we can to investigate so that perpetrators are brought to justice and you receive appropriate support.
“We have specially trained officers who work closely with highly-skilled, specialist and empathetic partners to ensure anyone who has experienced rape, or sexual assault, can access the help they need.”
Rape and sexual assault victims can receive support and guidance from Bedfordshire Police and partner agencies, including the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), as well as support through the criminal investigation process.
Reports of sexual assault, even if non-recent, can be made to the police by calling 101.
Always call 999 in an emergency or if you are in immediate danger.