A man who raped a woman 12 years ago has been jailed for eight years.
Mohammed Saleem (also known as Salim), 43, of Aldenham Street NW1 was sentenced on 11th July at the Central Criminal Court. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for rape and to another eight years for indecent assault. Both sentences to run concurrent.
On 23rd January 2001, the victim had attended a friend’s house party in Camden, NW5 and was returning to her home in NW1. As she approached a location near Camden underground station, Saleem approached her and said he would walk her home.
The victim stated that she was afraid, but carried on walking. Saleem walked with her and as she got nearer to her address she attempted to avoid him; but he pushed her into an alleyway at Underhill Passage, NW1 where he firstly forced her to perform oral sex on him before raping her.
The victim managed to get home and the police were called. A full investigation was carried out, however no suspect was identified and the case eventually closed.
In September 2011, the case was investigated by the Sapphire Cold Case Team following a DNA notification from this unsolved offence which identified Saleem as the suspect in this case after he was arrested for an unrelated offence.
In the years that passed since the offence was committed, the victim had sadly passed away. A decision was taken however that the case should continue to be investigated given the seriousness of the offences committed and the fact that a suspect had been identified and was at large.
On 15th March 2012 Saleem was arrested and subsequently charged with rape and indecent assault.
DCI Adam Lowe said: “This case demonstrates that the Metropolitan Police Service will continue to investigate serious sexual offences whatever time period has passed. In this particular case, it is extremely sad that the victim passed away before her attacker was brought to justice.”
DCI Lowe said it is highly likely that Mohammed Saleem has committed further sexual offences.
His image has therefore been released in the hope anyone who recognises him as a suspect contacts the Metropolitan Police Serious and Complex Case Team on 0208 217 6526. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.