Bradford man jailed for raping and sexually assaulting a woman he held captive

Rizwan Khan

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Rizwan Khan, 31, of Bowling Hall Road, Bowling, was jailed for a total of 11 years three months. He was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court in March of three charges of rape, single counts of sexual assault, false imprisonment and affray and two counts of common assault.

Khan held the woman captive at his address for several days, where he repeatedly sexually assaulted her and filmed himself raping her. The court heard that the woman escaped when her uncle called at the flat. She fled with him.

The victim was in a short relationship with Khan. In a statement to the court, the woman said she felt controlled during their relationship:

“”I was scared of him. He had a bad temper and would go off on one,” she said. “If I had stayed with him, he would have continued to hurt me, hit me and beat me.”

“My description of him and the relationship can only be described as evil,” she said.

After the relationship ended, Khan pursued the victim. He found her at her friend’s home, held a knife to her stomach and hit and kicked her before imprisoning her at his address.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Khan was aware that his victim had previously suffered issues in her life: “What you did to her was to control and bully her. She had little or no personal freedom,” he said. “Violence was your game and you used violence on her.”

PC Polly Jackson of Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said:

“We would like to thank the victim for the courage she has shown in coming forward and reporting Khan’s abuse”. She added:

“Khan clearly believed he could control and do what he wanted to his victim, as was demonstrated by the abuse and violence she suffered at his hands. No one should have to suffer this and we would urge anyone in a similar situation to seek help and report offences to our specially trained officers, who will investigate every report with the aim of bringing perpetrators to justice.”

Khan’s barrister, Kirstie Watson, said Khan continued to deny all the offences. He must sign on the sex offenders’ register for life.

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