Jail for robber who targeted sex workers

By Rob Virtue on December 4, 2013 3:38 PM |

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A man who booked female escorts before robbing them at knifepoint has been jailed for nine years.

Mutaher Hussain, 23, of Jamaica Street in E1, stole cash and telephones from two women before being identified by police using CCTV and mobile phone data.

The incidents took place in Westminster on May 30 and Lambeth on June 10.

Hussain would contact female escorts through agencies and book appointments with them. He would rob them as soon as they met.

He was arrested by Westminster's Serious Acquisitive Crime Reactive Team, which had linked the incidents, and charged with two counts of robbery on July 31.

Detective Chief Inspector David Manning said: "I hope this sentence demonstrates that the Met takes allegation of crime made by sex workers seriously and will investigate them thoroughly.

"I believe it is highly likely there are other victims. I would urge anyone with information to come forward."

Hussain was sentenced to five years in prison for the Westminster robbery and four years for the incident in Lambeth.

The sentences will run consecutively.

Anyone with information can call Westminster police station on 101 Crimestoppers anonymous on 0800 555 111.

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