A 32-year-old man, Ahmed Ibrahim Said also known as Peaches, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after he was convicted of raping a woman on the Bristol footpath. The rape incident happened in the early hours of 26 August 2018 in St. Werburgh where Mr. Ibrahim met the woman after she had separated from her friends, and offered to pay for her taxi.
He, however, led the woman to a footpath which is often used as a shortcut between Lockleaze and the city centre, and defiled her. According to Det Con Maddy Fife, the investigating officer of Avon and Somerset police, Mr. Said lured the woman onto a footpath in St Werburgh’s area on the pretense of calling a taxi for her.
He then strangled and threatened to stab the woman and blamed her for leading him on. She expressed that Mr. Said tried to justify his reasons for committing the crime and adamantly refused to admit his guilt in the court proceedings or in the interview.
Officer Maddy went on to praise the bravery of the victim who offered her support during the investigation. She said that the victim gave a detailed description of the attacker, and this helped the authorities to identify him. The fact that Mr. Said, who has no fixed address, left his mobile phone at the scene of the incident also helped identify him. The victim used the mobile phone to call for help.
Officer Maddy explained how the grotesque attack and the threats of violence left the victim fearing for her life. Although Said had denied the charge, the jury at Bristol Crown Court found him guilty, and he was convicted of rape. Officer Maddy expressed her hope that the custodial sentence given to Mr. Said would help with the recovery process of the victim.