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Dartford man jailed after being found guilty of rape


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A rapist has been jailed for eight years and nine months after attacking a woman in his home.

Abubakar Lawal, 32, committed a series of offences against the victim at his address in Dartford on May 15 last year.

Abubakar Lawal has been jailed for eight years and nine months. Picture: Kent Police
Abubakar Lawal has been jailed for eight years and nine months. Picture: Kent Police

Soon after she arrived at the address, he made multiple unwanted sexual advances and said he would find a knife.

Fearing his behaviour, she was forced to comply with his demands.

Several calls were received from members of the public, who heard screams for help coming from the address, and Lawal was promptly detained by the police.

He has been held on remand since his arrest.

Lawal, of Darwin Avenue, denied rape, two counts of sexual assault, causing sexual activity without consent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Lawal was arrested last May
Lawal was arrested last May

He was found guilty of each offence following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court earlier today.

Investigating officer for the case, DC Bill Anderson, said: "The victim of this case showed exceptional bravery to call for help after suffering a horrific attack at the hands of Lawal.

"Providing her with the highest standard of care has been our leading priority and specially trained officers have provided her with support throughout the process.

"I am pleased we have now secured justice for her. Lawal is exceptionally dangerous and subjected the victim to the worst kind of abuse.

"Anyone affected by any kind of sexual assault is encouraged to contact us.

"As this case shows, you will be listened to and we will do everything in our power to provide you with the best possible support and pursue justice."

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