A man has been jailed after he was convicted of two sexual offences in Northwood and Ruislip.
Rajdeepak Dhaliwal, 35, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, July 16 to 14 years in jail with an extended six-year licence period.
He had been found guilty on Wednesday, July 14 of attempted rape; forcing another to engage in sexual activity; two counts of sexual assault; and false imprisonment.
Detectives from the West Area Command Unit launched an investigation on September 12, 2020, after a woman aged in her 20s reported that she had been sexually assaulted that afternoon at The Gravel Pits in Northwood.
The woman told officers that she had been approached by a man who claimed to be in possession of a knife.
He dragged her to a secluded area of the park where he attacked her. The suspect ran away after the woman was able to call for help and a member of the public came to her assistance.
Officers carried out a number of immediate enquiries to identify the suspect.
The following morning, officers were called by a woman in her 50s who said that she had been attacked in Duck Pond Park in Ruislip.
The suspect threatened her – again claiming to have a knife – and tried to drag her off the footpath. The woman was able to scream out, causing the man to run away.
Detectives linked the two attacks and an appeal for help was issued to the public whilst enquiries continued.
Detective Sergeant Nick Howard, said: “Dhaliwal attacked two women in a 24-hour period as they walked through local parks. Today (July 16), he is beginning a prison sentence after he was quickly arrested and charged.
“Whilst we have not linked Dhaliwal to any further offences, it is possible that there might be further victims who have not yet come forward. I would encourage them to do so, so that they can get the support they may need.
“Everyone should feel safe as they enjoy open spaces, and I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak with local officers. Always call 999 in an emergency.”
On September 14, 2020, detectives arrested Dhaliwal in connection with the assaults and he was charged the following day with the offences at The Gravel Pits.
Detectives continued to investigate the second assault, and on Friday, April 23, he was charged in connection with this attack.
Advice and details of charities that can provide support are available on our website via www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/