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Man charged with train rape

PUBLISHED: 12:33 19 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

A 22-year-old man was due to appear in court today accused of raping an Ipswich woman.

Abdul Hassan was charged with the sex attack on the 22-year-old victim which took place in a toilet cubicle on an Ipswich to London Liverpool Street train in March.

A 22-year-old man was due to appear in court today accused of raping an Ipswich woman.

Abdul Hassan was charged with the sex attack on the 22-year-old victim which took place in a toilet cubicle on an Ipswich to London Liverpool Street train in March.

Hassan who lives with his family in Warrior Square, Manor Park, London, also faces a charge of conspiracy to defraud. This accusation came out of the British Transport Police's extensive investigations into the rape.

The former student, who only left Stratford College two months ago, was due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court this morning for a preliminary hearing into the fraud case.

He was then expected to go before magistrates at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich this afternoon for the first hearing of the rape charge against him.

Hassan, whose family come from a small island off Kenya, was charged with the train rape by BTP detectives from Ipswich at Victoria Station in London yesterday evening.

He was arrested at his home address, where he has lived for the past four years, early on Tuesday morning.

Hassan was brought back to Ipswich Police Station by BTP officers for questioning.

He was charged the same day with conspiracy to defraud but it was not until yesterday that he was charged with rape.

The sex assault on the 22-year-old woman occurred on the 9.49pm Anglia Railway service from Ipswich to Liverpool Street on Wednesday, March 28.

The victim has told BTP officers three men were present and that she was bundled into the toilet compartment in coach B at the rear of the train. One man raped her while the others stood by.

The terrified victim managed to escape when the train slowed to a halt at Colchester station, her attackers then fled but are believed to have carried on their journey to London.

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