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SERIAL RAPIST CONVICTED: Campaign of sexual attacks ends as rapist is caught by officers

SERIAL RAPIST CONVICTED: Campaign of sexual attacks ends as rapist is caught by officers

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A serial rapist has been convicted of a string of attacks on five sex workers in Birmingham, West Midlands Police have said.  

Esa Juwara began his campaign of sexual assaults in March 2019. He approached his first victim on Reservoir Road on his pushbike in the early hours of 10 March.

When she refused his advances, he grabbed her and threatened her with a knife but fortunately her friends heard her screams and as they came running, Juwara made off.

In July Juwara attacked another sex worker on Ladywood Road. She also refused his advances so he punched her and hit her repeatedly with a bike chain. She managed to escape but was left with a loose tooth, which subsequently fell out, and bruises.

Three months later Juwara accosted the same victim again in Icknield Port Road. This time she was unable to fight him off as he punched her repeatedly and raped her.

Juwara went on to rape another sex worker on two separate occasions in November and December, again with the same level of violence, and another was attacked twice in December − the first time saved by members of the public, but threatened with a knife and raped on the second occasion.

A fifth woman was attacked in Chamberlain Gardens by Juwara with his bike chain around her neck. She passed out for a short time and awoke to find him raping her, before passers-by came to her rescue and Juwara made off.

Detective Inspector Dave Bates, from West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, said: “These attacks were shockingly violent and becoming more frequent. We had a good description from the victims and we had launched an operation to find the man responsible."

In January, plain clothes police officers were on patrol in Ladywood Park when they spotted a man on a bike matching the description of the offender. As they moved in to arrest him, he threatened a female officer with his bike chain. CS spray was discharged, but he made off. Fortunately, officers nearby were able to detain him.

Juwara, of Lighthorne Avenue, Ladywood, was picked out by three victims in ID parades and matched the descriptions given by the other two. DNA evidence from a sixth victim also linked him to the offences, however she did not wish to make a complaint, but did give evidence in court.

At Birmingham Crown Court on 5 May the 21-year-old was convicted on all charges and will be sentenced at a later date.

Det Insp Bates added: “The bravery of these women in coming forward is immense. They suffered such utterly degrading and violent crimes, yet found the courage to report them to us and give a detailed description of their attacker, helping us to catch him. They also had to relive their terror as they gave evidence in court.

“I commend the outreach programmes who supported them through their ordeals.

“They can be incredibly proud that they have prevented further attacks on more women as there is no doubt in my mind that Juwara would have continued his offending."

 


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