Leeds fish shop rapist jailed for attack on disabled man

Modassar Hussain.
Modassar Hussain.
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A takeaway worker who raped a disabled man in the kitchen of the premises where he worked has been jailed for nine years.

Modassar Hussain, 27, was found guilty of the sex attack after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

The married father-of-one was working at Lister Fisheries, Headingley, Leeds, when he preyed on the vulnerable man on August 18 last year.

The jury heard Hussain took the man, who has significant learning difficulties, into the back of the shop before subjecting him to the ordeal.

Hussain, who had been working alone, attacked the man over some boxes as the victim screamed.

The Pakistani national was arrested after DNA was taken from staff working at the fish shop and he was linked to the incident. He denied rape, claiming that sex had been consensual.

Sentencing Hussain, judge Neil Clark said: “The man that you raped was the most vulnerable man I have seen give evidence in a court of law.”

He added: “It was apparent by anyone who saw him or heard him that he suffers from extreme difficulties. The affect of this upon him has been particularly significant.”

Hussain, formerly of Spen Green, Leeds, but now of Mayfield Avenue, Halifax, faces deportation after his sentence.

Det Chief Insp Gail Lawrie, from Operation Topaz, West Yorkshire Police’s dedicated rape investigation unit, said: “This was an appalling crime made all the more traumatic by Hussain’s lies.

“I’m pleased the jury saw through Hussain’s lies and alongside the compelling evidence a decision was made to convict him.

“The length of the sentence reflects the severity of the crime and I hope this provides the victim with a sense of justice and closure on what has been a very difficult time.”

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