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Rapist jailed for horrendous abuse over many years

|News, Sexual offences , Violent crime

A man who subjected his victim to years of physical and sexual abuse has been sentenced today (26 February).

Umar Hamid, 29, from Darwen, Lancashire, was convicted of 11 offences including rape, Actual Bodily Harm, wounding with intent and firearms offence following a trial at Preston Crown Court in December 2020.

Today he has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Brett Gerrity for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Umar Hamid is a bully who used the most horrendous physical and sexual violence towards a woman in order to control her.

“Throughout the case he sought to challenge the victim’s account, from when he was arrested through to the trial. He thought he was untouchable due to the fear that he had placed her under, but it is thanks to her immense courage that the CPS in partnership with the police were able to build and present a strong case against him.

“This significant sentence imposed by the court today reflects the prolonged suffering he subjected the victim to and the wider threat that he poses to the community. The victim can sleep safely tonight in the knowledge that he cannot perpetrate more violence upon her and that he has been brought to justice.”

Notes to editors

  • Umar Hamid, 29, was convicted of four charges of rape, three charges of ABH, two charges of wounding with intent and two charges of possession of a Firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Preston Crown Court on 18 December 2020
  • Brett Gerrity is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the rape and serious sexual offences team in CPS North West.

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