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Rapist snared by his own DNA more than 10 years after the crime

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Rapist Ibrahim Khan, 45, jailed for eight years

A taxi driver who raped his teenage passenger has been jailed more than a decade later – after he was snared by his DNA.

Ibrahim Khan, 45, attacked his 19-year-old victim after after picking her up one night in Altrincham in October 2004. She fell asleep in the front passenger seat and woke up to find Khan raping her. The girl managed to escape and flee home.

Following the attack an investigation was launched, appeals were run in the media and DNA evidence was analysed, but the culprit was never found.

But after Khan was arrested on an unrelated manner in 2012, police found his DNA matched the profile they had kept on file.

He denied the attack, forcing his victim to go through the ordeal of giving evidence against him at a trial.

But today Khan, of St Albans Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyne was jailed for eight years at Minshull Street Crown Court after he was found guilty by a jury.

Detective Constable Rachel Ostick from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: “I would firstly like to commend the bravery shown by the victim in this case, who gave evidence at this trial nine years after the attack took place, forcing her to relive her rape ordeal once more in court. Finally today, justice has been served.“On that night back in 2004, Khan knowingly accepted the fare when he was out of his area of operating.

“He took advantage of a vulnerable young woman who was fast asleep and raped her. The public rely on taxi drivers to take them home safely, even when they are in vulnerable states, and Khan abused this position of trust.

“I hope that today’s sentence will encourage other victims of rape to come forward and tell us about what has happened to them. We will investigate all reports thoroughly in order to bring justice to those men or women who have been raped, and there is wide-ranging support on offer to victims from both within the police and from other agencies.

“As this case demonstrates, we will also continue to utilise every tool and developing technology available to us to track down those responsible for carrying out these despicable crimes, no matter how long it takes.”

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