Rapist who targeted women in Normanton jailed for 14 years
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A rapist who targeted street workers in Normanton in a series of attacks has been jailed for 14 years at Derby Crown Court.
Muhammad Jan was convicted last December of two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and three counts of sexual assault against four different women in the latter part of 2019.
Jan, 24, denied the allegations, but a jury found him guilty of all six offences.
The first incident took place at around 1.30am on 27 October 2019 in Arboretum Park. Jan grabbed the woman, who is in her 30s, and raped her.
The second incident happened the following month on 9 November where Jan approached the woman in Normanton. He attacked the woman as they walked along Grove Street in Normanton – and raped her in the back garden of a house.
Nine days later on 18 November, Jan targeted his third victim. She was approached by Jan as she walked through Shaftesbury Industrial Estate asking her for directions to McDonald’s. As she walked with Jan to show him the way he grabbed her, pinned her arms behind her back and sexually assaulted her.
His fourth victim was attacked between November 16 and 18 by Jan close to Arboretum Park where he sexually assaulted her.
In each of the attacks Jan, of Nightingale Road, Osmaston, was riding a bike, often with a white carrier bag on the handlebars. Officers from the local safer neighbourhood team, who were on the lookout for a man matching Jan’s description, finally arrested him while riding a bike in Normanton Road wearing a distinctive black jacket with a Nike logo – which he had worn in a number of the attacks.
His victims bravely faced Jan in court to give evidence and, following the jury’s decision, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, handed a four-year extended licence period and was told he will be on the sex offenders register for life at a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Friday.
DSI Jason Beardsley, the officer who led the investigation, said: “With Muhammad Jan now behind bars our city is a far safer place.
“The details of the crimes he committed show just how much of a danger he posed and I have no doubt that, had he not been caught, he would have gone on to attack other women.
“The survivors of his attacks have been instrumental in securing his conviction and I thank each and every one of them for their courage to come forward to report the crimes committed against them and commend them for their honesty and bravery whilst giving evidence. Their strength has undoubtedly prevented others from coming to harm.
“I would like to thank my colleagues on the investigation team – along with local officers from the Normanton area for their hard work and dedication which ensured that Jan was arrested.
“I would also urge anyone who has survived an incident such as this to report it to the police. As a force, we will take your report seriously and work tirelessly with you and our partners to provide them with the support they deserve.”