Police cast net to find rapist (U.K.)

Posted on July 31, 2012


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Published on Tuesday 31 July 2012 10:29

Detectives have stepped up their hunt for a man they want to trace in connection with a gang rape in Preston.

Rezgar Nouri, 27, of no fixed abode and Mohammed Ibrahim, 24, of Aeroville, London, were jailed after being convicted of the gang rape of a woman at a flat in Preston city centre.

They were given an indeterminate sentence which was reduced to jail terms totalling 12 years after they appealed their sentences.

But police continue to hunt for a third man and want to speak to Kurdish national Araz Latif Najmaden, 22, in connection with the attack.

Sergeant Mark Burns from Preston CID, said: “This was a brutal and horrendous ordeal for the victim to go through and despite the convictions we continue to have a team of detectives working to find the third man responsible to ensure she gets justice.

“I would appeal to the public to come forward with information if they know the whereabouts of Araz Latif Najmaden.

“I would also appeal direct to Mr Najmaden to come forward to the police in order to assist us with our enquires.”

“We are dedicated to investigating all incidents of sexual assault and would reassure the public that we will never give up looking for wanted people.

“If any members of the public see Najmaden please contact us as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show there nearly one in eight of the people charged with rape were foreign nationals.

A total of 114 people were charged with rape by Lancashire police on 2011, of which 98 were recorded as UK nationals and 15 were foreign nationals.

Of those two were Indian, one was Polish, one was Latvian, one Bangladeshi, one Lithuanian, four Pakistani, one Iraqi, one Irish and one Portuguese.

Nationally one in five rape and murder suspects were foreign nationals over the last year.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, 01772 203203 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Alternatively people with information can log on to Crimestoppers-u