A rapist from Somalia who successfully fought deportation following his first jail term has now been jailed for ten years for the rape of two women in Birmingham. His lawyer had argued “he had a lack of understanding of what is acceptable in the UK”.
Dahir Ibrahim, 31, was jailed in 2005 for ten years for the rape of a prostitute in Birmingham’s Edgbaston district, with the judge recommending he be deported following his sentence.
But Ibrahim successfully appealed that deportation order, and was given leave to remain in the UK.
Now he has been convicted of the rape of two vulnerable women in 2014, for which he has been handed a second decade-long sentence. It is understood that he will be deported at the end of his sentence, The Times has reported.
Steven Bailey, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the first victim was looking to buy cannabis on the night of September 5th when she was approached by Ibrahim who persuaded her to follow him down an alleyway by offering to sell her drugs. There he threatened her with a Stanley box-cutter knife and raped her.
The second victim was sleeping rough when she was attacked by Ibrahim on the night of October 18th, threatening her with a pair of pliers and a screwdriver.
He was eventually tracked down by police through a combination of DNA, forensic and CCTV evidence.
Jabeen Akhtar, defending, argued that his client had come from a country where he had witnessed many atrocities and consequently lacked understanding of what was acceptable in the UK.
“It was more opportunistic than pre-planned,” he said, adding: “No long-term physical injury was sustained by the victims.”
But the judge, Justice Murray Creed disagreed. Passing sentence he said: “There was abuse and humiliation. There was severe psychological hurt and harm done. There was degradation. They were sustained incidents and the victims were targeted.”
Detective Constable Gavin McGrath from West Midlands Police, said: “The evidence against Ibrahim was indisputable and, in desperation, he tried to claim that it was a ‘fit up’. But a few days before he was due to stand trial, he changed his plea to guilty.
“I am pleased that he has spared these women the further ordeal of a trial and he will now be behind bars and no longer a danger to the public.”