Abdul Ghafoor : Father raped pub worker for three hours after dragging her off Bedford street

Abdul Ghafoor : Father raped pub worker for three hours after dragging her off Bedford street

A married father-of-four who raped a young pub worker in a three-hour ordeal in undergrowth and bushes has been jailed for life.

Drunken Abdul Ghafoor, 33, forced the woman in her 20s to perform oral sex on him saying: “You white girls are good at it.”

Prosecutor Sally Hobson said Ghafoor’s behaviour had a racial aspect, as he had made comments to the effect that it is the sort of behaviour white women would engage in.

“He made racially aggravated comments to the effect that this is the sort of behaviour that white women would engage in.

“She was a white woman and he believed it was ok to behave in this way. It was a stranger rape of a young woman going about her business in her home town, where she ought to feel safe.”

Earlier the prosecutor said: “We all see the news and we know the dangers of walking home. For the woman, a nightmare came true that night.”

Ms Hobson said the victim had been “like a frightened rabbit in the headlights” when she gave evidence in the witness box.” She has been seeing a specialist counsellor and she is on medication and suffers from nightmares.

But she described her as “extremely brave young lady who conducted herself with dignity.” The victim listened to the sentencing from another room in the court building via a link.

Last month a jury found him guilty by majority verdicts of three offences of assault by penetration, two offences of rape, false imprisonment and assaulting the woman occasioning her actual bodily harm. They found him not guilty of a third offence of rape but guilty by a majority of an alternative offence of attempted rape.

Ghafoor told the jury he had drunk around five rum based drinks during the evening. He claimed that she consented to sexual activity.

Asked to explain her Whatsapp message, he said the victim was asking her sister to arrange a birthday party to which he would be invited.

Judge Richard Foster said the victim had been subjected to a “nightmare of unimaginable proportions.”

He told Ghafoor he had been on the lookout for a victim that night and subjected the woman to the most appalling sexual abuse for over three hours. “You forced her to perform oral sex and you said: ‘you white girls are good at it.’ To some extent the offence was racially aggravated.”

He passed a life sentence for public protection, saying he regarded Ghafoor as a dangerous offender. If he had not received life he would have sentenced him to 18 years. That means Ghafoor cannot be considered for parole until he has served 9 years.