Monday, August 15, 2005

Rapist jailed for 11 years

August 15, 2005 12:00am
Source: Nottingham Evening Post

A Man who kidnapped and raped a prostitute has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Shahid Shah sat with his head in his hands for long periods during the sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

Shah, of Russell Road, Forest Fields, and Kasim Abdul, of Manston Mews, Radford, were both convicted of false imprisonment and rape in May 2004.

Abdul was found guilty on a further charge of assault after punching the victim in the face and pulling her hair.

But both were charged with rape as the attack on the woman was considered a joint effort.

Abdul also received an 11-year jail sentence last October.

The case against Shah had been delayed in order to determine his mental state.

At yesterday's sentencing, Shah's defence lawyer said he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and should avoid a prison sentence.

The 22-year-old, who has a family history of mental illness, claimed he heard voices talking about him and commanding him to do things.

But Judge Richard Pollard ruled a lack of treatment would not be detrimental for Shah.

As well as the 11-year prison sentence, Shah was told he would be indefinitely registered as a sex offender.

The judge told him: "You took part in a very serious offence.

"I know that you are still young and immature and from a good family and you have brought shame on yourself and on them." On July 18, 2003, the victim was given a lift by Shah and Abdul to find heroin for herself in Derby. But the two then kidnapped her. They drove along the A52 to Nottingham and stopped the car to rape her.

She was saved by a security guard at the University Park campus, off University Boulevard, in woodland near Highfield House.

A third man, Ilyas Mohammed, 23, of Burford Road, Forest Fields, walked free from court after being cleared of rape and kidnap.

He had denied asking the woman to perform an indecent sex act on him.

Before Shah was sentenced, the court had heard evidence from three doctors - all of whom came to different conclusions.

However, Judge Pollard said that one expert's evidence was more valid as he had spent more time with the defendant.

Noting Shah had not mentioned voices in his head until after his conviction, Judge Pollard said he reached a firm conclusion.

"It has not been easy to pick my way through highly experienced and competent psychologists.

"This is not a young man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia." The judge went on to praise the actions of two security guards - Michael Redgate and John Hancock - who had helped the victim after her rape.

He said: "I would like to commend publicly Mr Redgate and Mr Hancock - Mr Redgate for aiding the victim and Mr Hancock for pursuing the offenders."

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