Rape victim's courage praised

PREDATOR Mohanid Alobaydi's victim was praised for her courage today after he was sentenced to nine years for rape.The kebab shop worker and his accomplices laughed while two of them raped the 22-year-old at a secluded spot in Tuddenham Road, Ipswich, before throwing her out of a moving car.

PREDATOR Mohanid Alobaydi's victim was praised for her courage today after he was sentenced to nine years for rape.

The kebab shop worker and his accomplices laughed while two of them raped the 22-year-old at a secluded spot in Tuddenham Road, Ipswich, before throwing her out of a moving car.

As he was led away to the cells following his conviction Alobaydi swore at police and others in Ipswich Crown Court.

During his abusive outburst the 38-year-old claimed he was the one who had been victimised.

Now his victim is having to rebuild her life after he put her through the trauma of reliving the attack by having to give evidence at his trial, during which she broke down in tears.

Today, the officer leading the inquiry praised the student nurse.

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Inspector Darrin Tomkins said: “I would like to commend the courage and dignity of the victim. She gave strong evidence throughout the trial together with other witnesses.

“I would also like to praise the dedication and performance of the investigation team during the inquiry.”

Detective constable Tonya Antonis, who worked closely with the victim throughout the case, spoke of the trauma the woman was going through.

Dc Antonis said: “The victim was affected quite badly by her ordeal. She is now making a new life for herself with the help and support of family and friends, and is hoping she can now put this horrific ordeal behind her.”

Aloybadi duped his victim to get into his unlicensed taxi after she went into King's Kebabs in Upper Orwell Street after a boozy night out on March 30 this year.

The 38-year-old opportunist was arrested on April 7 at his home address, which was then in Whitton Church Lane, but pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape when the trial started in November.

In his sentencing Judge John Holt said Alobaydi, now of Bulstrode Road, Ipswich, had seen his victim as “easy prey” and exploited her drunkenness for his own gain.

He said: “She was raped twice and you only stopped when she was sick. You then took her back into town and my suspicion is that you were taking her back to your own flat where you had previously had several sexual encounters.

“What I believe happened is that on the journey she was both sick and hammering the car door and you realised it was pointless taking her any further and instead you pushed her out of the car door. As a result of the attack your victim was traumatised.”

During the trial prosecutor, Simon Spence, told the jury the victim had consumed a bottle of wine and a vodka with lime and lemonade while out with friends.

But after an argument she left Fire and Ice nightspot, in Tacket Street, alone, at around 11.30pm and decided to get something to eat from King's Kebabs.

The jury were told the next thing she remembered was getting into a car she believed to be a taxi, driven by Alobaydi and with an unknown man in the passenger seat. During the journey the car stopped to pick up a third man who sat in the back next to the woman.

They drove to Tuddenham Road where one of the men got back into the car and raped her while Alobaydi pinned her down and forced her to perform a sex act on him. The third man watched from the front passenger seat.

The victim was then pushed out of the car at the junction of Blanche Street and Cemetery Road, sustaining cuts, grazes and bruises.

Alobaydi has a previous conviction for aggravated burglary and threats to kill.

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