Greenwich rapist jailed for attacks on prostitutes
A rapist who attacked two prostitutes yards from his home was found after leaving his sock at the scene.
Ahsan Imran, 26, of Marmadon Road in SE18, was jailed for 10 years at Woolwich Crown Court after also being found guilty of attempted rape and actual bodily harm.
The attacks took place in Plumstead Gardens Park last summer. On June 8 he approached a 25-year-old and offered her £30 for sex.
He took her to a secluded area where he raped her twice leaving her needing hospital treatment for a week.
On July 2, he approached a 32-year-old sex worker in the same location. In the attack that followed he attempted to strangle her with a plastic bag and suffocate her by stuffing his sock in her mouth.
He tried to rape her but the victim escaped. Police found his sock as well as the bag at the scene. That evidence along with more captured on CCTV led to Imran's arrest.
Detective Constable Joanne Crockford said: "Thankfully we have stopped a violent and predatory offender in his tracks. His vicious attacks on vulnerable victims could have led to someone being murdered."
Detective Inspector Neal Burton added: "Rape of street workers is under-reported and this conviction sends a clear message who think they can assault vulnerable woman. I hope this will encourage those who have been victims to come forward and tell us what has happened to them."