Man convicted of raping teen in ‘broad daylight’ in Woodford Green

He will be sentenced on Friday, July 27. Picture: Met Police

He will be sentenced on Friday, July 27. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Archant

A man has been convicted of rape after sexually assaulting a teenager in a Woodford Green park.

Motuir Rahman, 25 of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one count of rape, two counts of attempted rape, four counts of assault by penetration and one count of theft at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, July 2.

The 19-year-old victim, was walking through Roding Valley Park, Chigwell Road, on February 7 at around 9.15am, when she was approached by Rahman.

He said police were nearby and as he had drugs on him he wanted the teen to walk with him so as not to “arouse any suspicion”.

The victim refused but he grabbed her neck and forced her to walk with him.

The terrified teen was then dragged into a bush, where she was seriously sexually assaulted.

He also stole her mobile phone to prevent her from calling the police.

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The victim waited a few minutes before fleeing however she was spotted by the male, who had remained in the park, and was forced back to the same area where she was again seriously sexually assaulted before he fled.

The victim was then able to escape and alert members of the public, who called for help. Officers from East Area Safeguarding Team launched an immediate investigation and identified Rahman after forensic examinations linked him to the crime.

He was arrested on February 12 in Stratford and charged on February 13.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Det Sgt Vince Fedder, said: “This was an abhorrent attack on a woman who was out in broad daylight.

“She had every right to pass through the area without something so awful happening to her.

“Her bravery throughout this ordeal has been commendable – I would like to thank her for supporting the investigation which has secured this conviction.

“Rahman’s actions that day are remarkable in their cowardice - I hope he will receive a substantial sentence to allow him plenty of time to think about what he has done.”

He will be sentenced on Friday, July 27.