Watford rapist jailed for five years had 'not a shred of remorse' for victim (From Watford Observer)
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Watford rapist, Rizwan Bashir, jailed for five years had 'not a shred of remorse' for victim
A 25-year-old man was jailed for five years today for raping a teenage girl in the front seat of a car after plying her with vodka.
Rizwan Bashir told St Albans Crown Court that the 17-year-old, who had just been sick in bushes, consented to sex.
But the jury of eight women and four men found him guilty of rape and the judge told him he had "shown not a shred of remorse".
The jury cleared his friend Mohammed Saddique of sexually assaulting the girl's friend, who was also aged 17 at the time.
During the trial, the court heard the girls were at one of their homes in Watford on a Friday evening when one received a text message from Bashir, who asked to be her friend. She accepted and told him she would like to get drunk, but had no money.
Prosecutor Peter Shaw said that after she sent the message Bashir arranged to meet them.
He and Mr Saddique, also 25, picked the teenagers up in Saddique's VW Passat and drove them around Watford. One of the girls started to drink vodka that they had in the car. The other girl also took a sip.
"They ended up at King George's Playing Fields in Watford, got out and continued to drink alcohol. They played music and danced for about an hour," he said.
The girl, who had been drinking more of the vodka, said she was feeling ill and was sick in the bushes. All four returned to the car, but Mr Saddique and the other girl went back into the park where he said they had left the vodka and coke bottles.
Mr Shaw said: "This left the girl with Mr Bashir and he grabbed and kissed her. He reacted when she pushed him off by punching her twice to the face. He pulled his trousers down and pulled her leggings down and raped her.
"She was shouting and crying. The other girl came back and he got off. The girls ran away and called the police."
Bashir of Marlborough Road, Watford, pleaded not guilty to rape on November 10 last year.
He said: "We were getting along nicely and having a laugh." He said when dancing with the girls they had been "grinding" - rubbing their bodies against each other.
He claimed she had consented to sex and they only stopped when the others returned and his friend Mo was laughing and saying: "What are you guys doing in my car?" At no stage did she say 'No', he said.
Mr Saddique of St George Road, Watford, was alleged to have tried to kiss the other girl and to have touched her breasts against her consent. He said he and the girl had only kissed and that it had been consensual. He was found not guilty.
Before the sentence of Bashir, Rachel Bright, defending, said the local publicity of the trial had brought shame on his family.
Sentencing Bashir, Judge John Plumstead told him: "Late on a November night last year you, as a 25-year-old man, began an internet-based conversation with a girl who was 17."
The judge said the girl was already affected by alcohol that night. He went on: "You persuaded your friend to give you a lift to meet her in the middle of the night and you proceeded to ply her with vodka.
"Any reasonable person would have realised she was vulnerable. I am sure you did."
He told Bashir: "Your response in the end was to force yourself upon her. You took her by force and you punched her and penetrated her. You didn't give a moment's thought about the consequences. You left her in despair and tears. You have shown not a shred of remorse for what you did."
Bashir will be on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
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