Slough: Man Given Life For Rape

A man convicted of raping of a 17 year old in Slough is starting a life sentence.

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment today (30/9) for the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Slough last November.

28 year old Arshad Arif of Belfast Avenue, Slough (pictured) was found guilty on 30 May of two counts of rape following a two week trial at Reading Crown Court.

At around 3am on November 25, Arif got talking to the 17 year old outside the Oceana nightclub in Watford, Hertfordshire after she became separated from her friends, who had her belongings.

Arif guided her to a taxi and instead of taking her home he took her to Salt Hill Park in Slough where he raped her twice. 

Det Sgt Lucy Deane, investigating officer, said: “On behalf of the victim and her family, we are delighted the jury has reached this verdict.

“This man is a dangerous predatory offender who needs to be locked up to keep him away from young women who find themselves, through no fault of their own, in vulnerable situations.

“He denied the allegations against him, which forced the victim to relive the frightening experience all over again. I must praise the bravery that has been shown by the victim who gave evidence in court allowing justice to be done and resulting in this dangerous offender being removed from our streets.”

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