December 2018

Rape victim’s emotional statement after Colchester dad-of-five jailed

A rape victim has spoken of the trauma she continues to suffer more than 10 years after being attacked by a father-of-five from Colchester.

Shibbir Ahmed, 58, plied a teenage girl with alcohol and attacked her while she was passed out on an evening between July 2007 and July 2008.

Ahmed, who ran the Tandoori Villa in Stanway, was also found to have sexually assaulted a young girl in 2016.

Having been found guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault, the disgraced predator was brought before Chelmsford Crown Court to be sentenced today (Friday, December 7).

Prosecuting, Diana Pigot noted that Ahmed, of Coronation Avenue, had no previous convictions before reading out victim impact statements.

The woman Ahmed raped – who cannot be named for legal reasons – revealed her battle with mental health issues following the horrific episode.

She wrote: “What happened to me was a number of years ago, when I was about 16 years old, I am now 27 years of age.

“I have suffered with anxiety and depression and I am taking medication for these conditions.

“I have not been able to engage with mental health services as I struggle to see and speak to people I do not know on a one-to-one basis.

“I struggle day to day to go out and do not go out socially.”

She also described how she finds it hard to order taxis or takeaways and that she finds it “difficult being around Asians or foreign men”.

The court heard the victim passed out and woke to find Ahmed performing an indecent act on her.

Ahmed’s second victim, who he sexually assaulted, also provided a victim impact statement.

Reading the statement aloud, Ms Pigot said: “I had just got my car and could get myself about, I wish I had listened to my mum when she told me not to go to the restaurant.

“I would hide away in my bedroom, when it happened it affected me. I shielded myself from my family.

“I still feel anxious a times and it affects me at work.”

Defending the predatory restaurateur, Sasha Bailey said: “He is a 58-year-old man and he has five children, he is the person who brings in the money to the home, so there is some concern about how money will come into the home.

“Although he’s not a man of significant age he is a man with health problems, he has diabetes and has done for 12 years, he also has high cholesterol.

“In relation to count one, it was some time ago so I ask you to consider that.”

Ahmed’s wife, children and friends were present in the public gallery to see him sentenced.

Handing down sentence, Judge Patricia Lynch said: “There is little or nothing I can say which is not in the statements of the two victims.

“These are relatively serious offences, your victims were vulnerable by virtue of their age.

“In so far as the rape victim, I’m of the view that you took advantage of her age, the fact she had been drinking, the fact you gave her the alcohol and the fact she drunk to the stage where she passed out.

“The sexual assault on any young girl is a serious matter.”

Ahmed was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.