Lancashire rapist jailed for 13 years after traumatised victim tried to take her own life
A man has been jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of raping a woman in Nelson.
Mohammed Waqas Ali, 33, formerly of Raven Street, Nelson, was sentenced at Burnley Crown Court last week.
As well as raping his victim, the court was told how a "despicable and remorseless" Ali also assaulted his victim and subjected her to "significant verbal abuse".
His victim was left so traumatised by his actions that she had attempted to take her own life, the court heard.
As well as being given the custodial sentence at Burnley Crown Court last week, Ali, was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Det Sgt Sarah Tucker, of the East Community Cohesion Unit (CCU), said: “Ali is a despicable and remorseless individual who continued to lie throughout his three-week trial.
"He forced his victim to relive what he had done to her by taking the case to trial. Rightly, the jury saw through Ali’s web of deceit and he was found guilty of what he had undoubtedly done.
"This was an extremely harrowing case and I would like to praise the victim for the bravery she has shown throughout this case.
"Ali’s actions have had an immeasurable impact on her life but I hope she will be able to take some degree of comfort from knowing that he will be in custody for a significant period of time.
“I hope the outcome of this case and the significant sentence handed down to the offender will encourage other victims to come forward, knowing they will be listened to, believed and that we will do everything in our powers to bring the perpetrator to justice.
"Finally, a number of colleagues from different departments have played a key role in securing the overwhelming evidence that went some way into securing the conviction in this case, including CCU and response officers. I would like to personally thank them and colleagues from the Crown Prosecution Service."
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