Friday, 16 April 2021

JAILED: Bolton man, who raped pregnant woman

BOLTON: A MAN who raped two women, including one who was pregnant, has been jailed for 18 years. Junaid Badsah showed no emotions as he was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court yesterday following a trial which heard how one of his victims was forced into sex with a knife to her throat. The 36-year-old was jailed after being found guilty of four counts of rape against two women. He was also sentenced for harassing one of his victims to cause fear of violence and threatening to kill one of her children. The court heard how Badsah, of Isabel Walk, Bolton, carried out a campaign of abuse against the two women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, between 2007 and 2014. He raped one woman on different occasions over a three-year period, once with a knife to her throat and another time while she was mid-way through a pregnancy. Three years later he went on to rape another women.

Wayne Jackson, prosecuting, said Badsah was violent towards both women but used intimidation and threats to stop them going to the police. He abused alcohol and cocaine, supplied and encouraged his second victim to use drugs, before threatening to reveal her addiction to the police if she told anyone about his abusive behaviour. His first victim was physically abused from 2007 to 2011. During one evening he pushed a kitchen knife to her throat in her home and forced her into a sex act. He then pushed her face down onto her bed and raped her a second time. On another occasion, while she was around four months pregnant, he pushed her over a sofa and raped her while she pleaded for him to stop. The woman later cut all contact with him and only revealed she had been raped after she was approached to appear as a prosecution witness in the second victim’s case. His second victim was physically and mentally abused by Badsah between 2013 and April, 2014. During this time he threatened to hurt her or kill her child on different occasions. In March, 2014 the pair had been drinking and taking cocaine when Badsah became verbally abusive and left the house.

He returned later that night and woke the woman to demand sex and, when she resisted, grabbed her hair and forced her down before raping her. Afterwards, Badsah taunted the victim saying she “enjoyed it”, and after raping his victims would act like nothing had happened. Keith Harrison, defending, said Badsah’s drug and alcohol addiction caused his abnormal behaviour. He added: “He is from a very good family and has fallen a long way from grace.” In sentencing, Judge Richard Gioserano described Badsah as controlling and his actions left the victims feeling scared and worthless. He said: “The harm you caused them, in my judgement, has little or no mitigating factors. “There is no remorse, not a shred of it. To add insult to injury you called them liars but you are the liar and the jury saw through you.” Badsah was told he will only be eligible for parole half way through his 18-year sentence and will spend the remainder on licence subject to a number of conditions. A restraining order was also made to prevent Badsah contacting the two victims and he was placed on the sexual offenders register.

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