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‘Controlling’ rapist who attacked victim on river walk in Wapping jailed

Mohammed Abu Hurayra Anik (Metropolitan Police)
Mohammed Abu Hurayra Anik (Metropolitan Police)

A man from east London who repeatedly raped a woman has been jailed.

Mohammed Abu Hurayra Anik, 24, subjected his victim to a campaign of “repeated abuse and suffering” over a period of five months.

Anik was on Wednesday sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after being found guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of attempted rape.

He was also found guilty of three counts of actual bodily harm, two counts of controlling or coercive behaviour and one count of threatening to disclose private photos.

The offences began in February 2022.

On one occasion on July 15 last year, the pair were walking together along the riverside of the Thames in Wapping when Anik launched an attack in which he punched her all over her body, tied her hands together and raped her.

He also threatened her with a knife, tracked her phone and would turn up uninvited in her workplace.

Anik was arrested on July 22 last year. He was charged and remanded to prison the next day to await trial.

A unanimous verdict was reached on all counts after a three week trial.

Detective Constable Charlotte Henderson, the investigating officer, said: "Anik is a controlling predator who subjected the victim, a woman who he knew, to repeated abuse and suffering over a period of five months.

"Like all sexual offenders he is also a coward. He tried to lie and manipulate his way out of trouble; claiming the bruises he had inflicted on the victim were due to a 'skin condition', denying sexual offences and blaming arguments on the victim, and attempting to use cultural shame and the release of private images of her in a bid to silence her.

"Her courage in reporting and persevering through the court process, despite the risks to her own mental and physical wellbeing, protects others from being targeted by Anik.”