A man responsible for a sex attack on a student in her home in Leeds has been brought to justice eight years on after DNA linked him to the crime.
Rizwan Ali, 30, of Bellbrooke Grove, Harehills, was jailed after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the victim, then aged 22, after he followed her into her home in Hyde Park in the early hours of Sunday, April 22, 2007. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison and put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Ali had approached the victim as she walked home and followed her inside before pushing her to the floor and assaulting her. The victim fought back and screamed for her housemate, causing Ali to jump up. He then pushed her into a parked car before running from the scene.
A DNA profile was recovered from saliva on the victim’s neck where he had kissed her. Fingerprints were found on the front door and a mobile phone case that the victim had managed to knock out of his hand when he escaped.
At the time, the DNA and fingerprints were not shown recorded against anyone on police systems but late last year Ali was arrested in a separate fraud investigation and came up as a match. Enquiries showed that at the time of the attack he had been living only a short distance away from the victim’s home and was working in a pizza takeaway.
Det Insp Lawrence Bone, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “The attack had an enormous impact on the victim’s life as it affected her academic studies and eventually led her to move out of the area.
“In court she chose to read out her own victim impact statement which elicited an apology from the defendant. We hope it has helped her to see him brought to justice after so many years of not knowing who was responsible for attacking her.”