Men jailed for 28 years for rape in Homerton

Two men, who offered a woman a lift home late one night and raped her several times, were sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Ahmad Qasem, 23, from Hackney and Eric Oppong, 32, from Hackney were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court respectively on Monday.

They were initially tried at the same court on November 12 and November 29, respectively.

Judge Louise Kamille gave Qasem 13 years on accounts of vaginal rape and 15 years on accounts of oral rape, to be served concurrently.

Oppong was sentenced to 13 years for oral rape. Both men will be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Detective Constable Mark Papasavva, from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “This pair of men deliberately preyed on a vulnerable woman whom they targeted at the end of what should have been an enjoyable night out for her.”

The crime was committed in the morning of March 31, when the two men spotted the victim on Homerton High Street and offered her a lift home. They then drove around the area for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, raping her repeatedly.

The victim was too vulnerable to defend herself and only has few memories of the attack. Qasem and Oppong left her in Homerton, without any means to get home.

Papasavva added: “It is right that Qasem and Oppong have received lengthy sentences for these terrible offences. We would like to reassure the public that rapes committed by strangers to the victim are very rare, and are taken very seriously.”


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