Imam, Friends Described Rapist As ‘Man Of Great Principles’

West Yorkshire Police

A rapist who committed a degrading and humiliating attack on a vulnerable Leeds prostitute was described by his imam, family and friends as caring, supportive and a “man of great principles.”

The letters of reference written on rapist Adbul Fulat’s behalf by an imam, family members and friends were presented to Leeds Crown Court by way of mitigation before he was sent to prison with a sentence of eight years, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post. The 48-year-old rapist was also found guilty of supplying crack cocaine.

Having earlier been drinking and smoking crack cocaine Fulat later subjected his victim, a prostitute he picked up in Leeds’ red light district, to a terrifying ordeal which lasted one and a half hours.

The woman joined Fulat in the car in the Holbeck area of Leeds on the night of September 25 last year. She was paid £60 and taken to Middleton Grove, Beeston.

Fulat first persuaded his victim to smoke some crack. He then began to discuss having sex with children in what Judge Tom Bayliss said was part of his “attempts to shock her, to control her and to degrade her.”

There then followed a prolonged and violent sex attack which ended with Fulat demanding back the £60 he paid earlier. Arrested after the event, he refused to confess resulting in his trial.

As well as being jailed for eight years, Fulat is now the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which bans him from entering the red light district where he picked up the victim.

The letters of support described Fulat as caring, supportive and a “man of great principles”, however, after the case Detective Inspector David Roberts, of Leeds District CID, said:

“Fulat put the victim through an appalling ordeal after targeting her as someone who was vulnerable and involved in sex work.

“His actions show that he is clearly an individual who presents a threat to the wider community and we are pleased with the significant sentence he has received.”

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