It looks like an Indian restaurant owner from Grimsby will be going without serving the public for a while. Infact he will be serving at Her Majestys Pleasure for 10 years after being jailed for rape. Indian restaurant boss Mohammed Uddin has been jailed after being found guilty of raping a lesbian after spotting her on Cleethorpes beach while “stalking” around looking for a victim.
Mohammed had pretended that she called him down to her from the Promenade area and encouraged him to have sex with her – even though she did not like men. Mr Uddin later changed his story and admitted some sexual contact with her after trying to talk his way out of trouble when incriminating DNA evidence from him was found.
Married father-of-three Uddin, 45, of Augusta Street, Grimsby, denied rape on August 21.
He was convicted by a jury of seven men and five women at Grimsby Crown Court after a seven-day trial on a majority verdict of 11 to one.
The jury had been deliberating for just over seven hours spanning two days. Uddin showed no emotion as he was led out of the secure dock to begin his prison sentence.
He had been warned by his barrister the previous day to bring a bag with any spare clothes, toiletries or personal items that he would want to take into prison if the jury convicted him. But, despite the reminder, he turned up to court without anything even though he had been warned that he would be sentenced straight away if he were convicted.
- The prosecution claimed that 36-year-old woman was drinking by herself on Cleethorpes beach after 11.45pm when Uddin asked her for sex.
- She was a lesbian and would not have wanted sex with him but Uddin raped her.
- Two people eating food in a car heard her screaming and a council safety officer saw the woman with no clothes on her bottom half.
The woman, now 37, claimed that she would never have consented to sex with him because she was a lesbian and said: “I can’t stand a man touching me” and “I am not attracted to men”.
She admitted that she was “absolutely hammered” at the time.
Judge John Thackray QC told Uddin: “You have not expressed a shred of remorse for the trauma you have inflicted.
“Your victim was particularly vulnerable due to her circumstances, namely her intoxication, which was clear and obvious to you.
“That’s presumably why you targeted her.”
The victim had suffered severe psychological effects.
“Your victim has been incredibly brave in proceeding with her complaint and throughout the court process,” said Judge Thackray.
“It’s likely that she will never fully recover from the effects of your offending.
“She was minding her own business, collecting her thoughts and was entitled to feel safe.”
Uddin had been “stalking” around on the Promenade for more than an hour, plainly looking for a woman to rape. Defence barrister Craig Lowe said that there was some planning because Uddin had been walking up and down the Promenade before deciding to return to where the woman was but this was limited in the extreme. “This, at best, was planning of a few minutes duration,” said Mr Lowe.
Uddin’s wife had attended for most of the trial but she did not work. He would lose his house. Uddin had no previous convictions and ran a well regarded Indian restaurant. After the hearing, Detective Constable Mark Skelton said: “I feel relieved for the victim and hope that she can get better and move on from it.
“It’s a relief to get him off the streets and keep the public safe.”
Uddin was given an indefinite restraining order and will have to register as a sex offender.