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23 YEARS: Delivery driver jailed for kidnap and rape of teen in Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 25th May 2022   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A fast-food delivery driver who kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old girl was today (Wednesday, May 25) given a 23-year sentence.

Mohammed Khan, from Chesham, was jailed for 15 years with an 8-year licence extension after the judge said he was a “dangerous offender” who had subjected other females to predatory sexual abuse.

Luton Crown Court heard Khan, aged 37, had grabbed the teenager from the street in Hemel Hempstead on the night of August 28 last year.

She had been drinking vodka and Fanta with friends and had lain down on the pavement while waiting to be picked by her step-dad.

Prosecutor Peter Shaw said: “The defendant spotted her when she was apparently the worse the wear for drink outside the Primark Store.

“He got out of his car and bundled her into the passenger side of the vehicle. He drove her away from the scene and during the course of approximately an hour, subjected her to various rapes and sexual assaults.”

He abused her as he drove her away and then stopped the car and raped her, ignoring her pleas for him to stop. During the ordeal the girl’s anxious mother was ringing her phone.

Her step-father spent an hour trying to find her, eventually picking her up at about 11pm outside the Bathroom store in Hemel Hempstead, after Khan had let her go.

CCTV was used to trace a car to Chesham and Khan was asked to come into the police station.

He denied any sexual contact, but his DNA was found inside her jogging pants. He claimed he had been acting as a Good Samaritan.

Khan of Upper Meadow, Chesham was convicted of kidnap, two charges of rape and one of sexual penetration.

In a victim personal statement the teenager said she used to feel safe when she was out, but no longer does. She spends more time at home because she is anxious about going out.

Khan had 21 convictions for 29 offences, none of which were sexual. But Mr Shaw said on 4 March 2021 Khan had been given a Child Abduction Warning in relation to a 13-year-old girl he had contacted on Snapchat where he posed as a 19 year old. When they met he touched her thigh.

On July 1, 2014 a 15-year-old girl reported he had approached her on the way to school and was insistent of obtaining her phone number.  He appeared again on July 17. The next day he approached another 15 year old saying: “Do you want to be my friend. Come on baby, you’re really cute.”

Mr Shaw said: “It is submitted that he has a record of approaching young girls, often when he is in his car. He lies about his age. He gives false names. The present case reveals he is an opportunistic sex offender who will prey on vulnerable girls or women.”

Judge Lynn Tayton QC told him he had “specifically targeted” the victim. The judge said: “She was a vulnerable young woman who was lying on a pavement. She had been drinking and as a result she was slipping in and out of consciousness.” She said the victim had suffered severe psychological harm.

The judge went on: “A significant number of females have alleged sexual and predatory behaviour by you. I take the view you are a highly dangerous man.”

He must register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

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