'Vicious' Telford rapist's 10-year prison sentence is upheld

By Sophie Madden | Leegomery | Crime | Published:

A "vicious" sex attacker from Telford who attacked a vulnerable teenager with a bottle and repeatedly raped her has had his 10-year prison sentence backed by top judges.

Rashid Ulhaqdad, was locked up at Liverpool Crown Court last November after admitting three rapes, sexual assault, physical assault and breaching an Asbo.

As a dangerous offender, Ulhaqdad, of Leegomery, was also ordered to serve five extra years on licence following his release.

Ulhaqdad's victim was a 17-year-old he had met while making a food delivery, London's Appeal Court heard today.

He later turned up drunk on her doorstep and flew into a rage when she tried to get him to leave.

He repeatedly battered her with a bottle as she cowered on the floor.

The burly 39-year-old then picked her up by her pony tail and dragged her upstairs, where he raped her.

At one point his terrified victim managed to lock herself in the bathroom, Judge Sir John Royce told the court.

But Ulhaqdad responded by kicking down the door and subjecting her to yet more "sexual humiliation".


During a lull in the onslaught, she was finally able to slip out and call police, who arrived and restrained Ulhaqdad.

His case reached the Appeal Court yesteday, as Ulhaqdad argued his punishment was far too tough.

Sir John noted that the attack was carried out while Ulhaqdad was subject to an Asbo, barring him contacting females via his mobile phone.

He had "no insight" into his sick crimes which were marked by their viciousness, said the judge.


"When she locked herself in the bathroom, he kicked down the door.

"She was then subjected to further violence, humiliation and degradation."

The judge, sitting with Lady Justice Thirlwall and Judge Melbourne Inman QC, dismissed the appeal.

Sophie Madden

By Sophie Madden

Senior reporter based out of the head office in Ketley covering the Telford area.

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