October 2018

Longer sentence for rapist Joseph Ahmed who told victim she was ‘enjoying it’

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A “dangerous” rapist who told his weeping teenager victim she was enjoying herself and he didn’t need her consent has had his sentence increased.

Depraved Joseph Khdim Ahmed, 32, was locked up for five years at Truro Crown Court after he was convicted of rape in July.

Because the trial judge branded him “dangerous” he was ordered to serve an extra three years on licence after release.

But Ahmed’s case reached London’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday (October 24) as lawyers for the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland, QC, MP, urged the court to pass a tougher sentence.

He raped her three times and was violent towards her, the court was told. When the victim said Ahmed had hurt her, he replied: ‘Good, because it was meant to.’

Lady Justice Macur and two other senior judges agreed that Ahmed’s jail term was “unduly lenient” – upping it to seven years.

Ahmed’s victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was drunk and clearly vulnerable, said the judge, and had been detained against her will during the attack.

There was also an element of “targeting”, she added, and the victim was emotionally scarred by the horrific ordeal.

“This was clearly an offence aggravated by several factors,” she said. “The victim was isolated and was obviously drunk.

“She was detained, although for a short period, against her will and there was malice exhibited in his verbal aggression.

“The available mitigation was poor.”

Although Ahmed, of Clinton Road, Redruth, is afflicted by autism, this “had no impact on his offending behaviour”, the judge added.

The court heard the victim was attacked by Ahmed after a night out to celebrate her 19th birthday in Falmouth in 2016.

She had taken drink and drugs and ended up at a party along with her pals.

“She said she had no memory of how she left the party,” said Lady Justice Macur.

“But she believes that she lost consciousness and has no memory of what happened until she found herself in a different house with Ahmed.

“She did not remember how she got there.”

Ahmed took the weeping victim into a bedroom and stripped her naked despite her attempts to fend him off, the court heard.

He ignored her pleas for him to stop and had unprotected sex with her while she was estimated to have been twice the legal drink drive limit.

“She repeated that she was not consenting, to which he responded that he did not need her consent,” said the judge. “She also told Ahmed that he was raping her, to which he said, ‘shut up you bitch, I’m not raping you – you’re enjoying it’.”

Ahmed later offered to walk her home, also suggesting that they “meet again”.

The judge said the victim was so traumatised by her ordeal that she and her family “felt compelled to leave their home”.

She had been “targeted, separated from her friends and taken to a stranger’s address”, she added.

Ahmed’s “unduly lenient” sentence was increased to seven years, still with the extended licence period of three years to follow.

Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: “Ahmed put his victim through a terrible ordeal, showing a complete disregard for her clear protestations. I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today agreed that Ahmed’s sentence should have been higher, and hope it will bring some comfort to the victim.”

Prosecuting barrister Jason Beal said during his opening remarks: “It was a Friday night back in December 2016 when the young woman went for a night out in Falmouth. For most of the evening it was a typical night out, drinking, chatting and having a good time.

“The victim and her friend ended up at a house party and while at the party she met the defendant. They went back into a nearby address and that is when the defendant took her into the bedroom and raped her.

“Mr Ahmed admits he met the girl at the party and they went back to the address, but he says although there was some sexual contact initiated by her, they did not have intercourse.”

Mr Beal talked the jury of eight women and four men through the girl’s night out and how she visited local venues Wetherspoon, The Brig and Toast, drinking prosecco, cocktails and beer before ending up at the party.

He added: “She continued drinking at the party and described herself as tipsy and giggly.

“Mr Ahmed poured her a beer, which is the last thing she remembers. The next thing she can recall is being back at another house. She was not sure where it was or how she got there.

“Mr Ahmed led her into the bedroom where there was another male who he told to get out because, in his words, he had business to do.

“The victim told Mr Ahmed she wanted to go home, but he said that she wasn’t going anywhere and gave her a drink, which she resisted but he forced her to drink.”

Mr Beal claimed that Ahmed then locked the door to the bedroom. He is also said to have been violent, punching her in the stomach and biting her privates.

Mr Beal said: “The victim said what he was doing was rape, but he told her to shut up. He poured her another drink and grabbed her by the mouth and forced her to drink it.”