A sex attacker who was convicted for raping an 18-year-old girl in Greenwich on Wednesday (January 27) was imprisoned in 2006 for a similar offence.
Taofiq Laguda from Dagenham, was driving his wife’s car around and spotted the girl in the early hours of January 24, 2020. He pulled up alongside her and pretended he was lost.
The 46-year-old asked her for directions, and offered to give the girl a lift to Deptford. She had just finished working at a restaurant in Peckham and decided to walk home because the bus was taking too long to arrive.
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When she got into the car, Laguda instead drove to a dark and secluded area of an estate in Greenwich.
The court heard that the victim tried to get out of the car, but told Laguda the doors were locked.
Laguda responded: “Oh, is it? Get in the back or I’ll kill you.”
The 46-year-old proceeded to rape the girl before driving off with her possessions.
Momata Matin, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This was a terrifying sexual attack on a young victim who had believed she had encountered a good Samaritan on her way home from work.
“Taofiq Laguda lured his teenage victim on the pretext of needing directions and giving her a lift in return. But Laguda was not looking for directions, he was cruising around in his wife’s car, without her permission whilst she was abroad, and hoping to find exactly this type of situation – a lone female in the dark.
“During police interview Laguda also claimed that the victim had had consensual sex with him in his car – the jury did not believe his lies.
“Sexual offences are some of the most serious, complex and traumatic crimes. I hope this conviction goes some way in providing a sense of closure to the victim, and encourages other victims of sexual crimes to come forward and see their attackers face justice.”
Laguda was convicted of one count of rape and one count of theft Woolwich Crown Court.
But Laguda was also convicted in 2006 for a similar offence.
On March 8 that year, Laguda approached a sex worker in the early hours and propositioned her.
He drove her to a nearby alley, stopped the vehicle and proceeded to rape her.
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Laguda was given an indeterminate sentence on January 18, 2007 for public protection and seven years for rape and unlawful imprisonment.
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