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Sex worker serial rapist convicted

|News, Sexual offences

 A serial rapist has been convicted of multiple counts of rape against vulnerable sex workers.

Esa Juwara was convicted of five counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault today (5 May 2021) following a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. He was also found guilty of two counts of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

The 21-year-old subjected his victims to a campaign of sexual violence in the Ladywood area of Birmingham over ten months between March 2019 and January 2020.  

He approached his first victim in March 2019 and asked if she wanted business. When she refused, he lifted her and threw her over his shoulder; then he carried her to a secluded area where he pointed a knife at her. He was disturbed and ran off.

He attacked his second victim twice. In July 2019, after she refused to do business with him, he beat her with a bicycle chain, during which she sustained the loss of a tooth. In October 2019, he approached her again, and she did not immediately recognise him as the same person who attacked her in July, but when she realised it was him, she tried to run away and begged him to let her go. He punched her in the stomach and raped her.

He raped his third victim twice, first in November 2019 and then again in December 2019, and he subjected his fourth victim to two attacks in December 2019; first, he attempted to rape her but was disturbed by public members. Then between Christmas and New Year, he approached her and dragged her to the floor, pointed a knife at her cheek and raped her.

In December 2019, he struck his fifth victim in the back of the head, put a bicycle chain around her neck and strangled her. He then punched her to the ground. She passed out, and when she came to, he was sexually assaulting her and then raped her. Again, he was disturbed by passersby and ran off.

On 22 January 2020, police stopped and detained him as he matched the attacker's description. Significantly, three out of the five victims positively identified Juwara as their attacker. However, the attacks were all so similar that he was charged with all five offences.

Nicola Heath of the CPS said: "Esa Juwara targeted his vulnerable victims. He subjected them to a terrifying sexual ordeal, and was prepared to inflict violence to get what he wanted. Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, he denied attacking all victims and claimed to be a virgin.

"The women were initially reluctant to complain due to the nature of their work, and they also feared no one would believe them.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the victims for their bravery in coming forward and reporting the attacks and for giving evidence in such difficult circumstances. I hope this conviction sends a message that we take sexual offences seriously, irrespective of the victim's occupation or personal circumstances."

Notes to editors

Nicola Heath is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.

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