Woman miscarried her baby after being raped by married father-of-three who knew she was pregnant
A rapist who attacked a pregnant woman has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Mohammed Asif’s victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was two months pregnant when he pounced on her.
The woman in her 20s miscarried in the aftermath of her ordeal and blames the rapist for the tragedy, Manchester Crown Court heard.
The woman had recently arrived in the UK and was, in the words of the sentencing judge, ‘vulnerable to exploitation’ when married father-of-three Asif attacked her at an address in north Manchester last November.
He had at first made sexual advances to her, which she refused, telling him she was pregnant.
She gave in fearing violence, pleading desperately for him to ‘be gentle’ because of her condition.
Asif, 40, of Mill Hill Crescent, denied rape in a Manchester Crown Court trial, but was found guilty by a majority of ten jurors.
The woman lost her baby on February 9, the court heard. Prosecutor Nick Clarke said while ‘she believed the incident resulted in her miscarriage, there was no evidence there was any connection between the two’.
“Nevertheless, it was rape which took place during her pregnancy”, Mr Clarke added. “He knew that.”
At Asif’s sentencing hearing, Judge Andrew Blake said the victim was ‘particularly vulnerable because of her circumstances as an immigrant to this country’.
Mr Clarke said she has since moved away from the city and rebuilt her life. When she appeared at court to give evidence against Asif, she was heavily pregnant with another child.
Rick Holland, defending Asif, who still maintains his innocence, said the offence had not involved violence.
He said of Asif: “The prospect of him spending a number of years in prison is something that has caused him considerable anxiety. This is a man who is rather broken, as he comes before the court for sentence.”
Sending him down, Judge Andrew Blake told him: “The rape of which you were convicted was committed, according to her, when you knew she was pregnant. She had made it plain she did not want sexual intercourse with you.”