Man jailed for raping woman in horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal | CCTV captures the moments before a lurking rapist is captured by police after he subjected her to a horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal. Diljeet Grewa

Man jailed for raping woman in horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal

Man jailed for raping woman in horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal

Man jailed for raping woman in horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal

Man jailed for raping woman in horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal

Man jailed for raping woman in horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal

Man jailed for raping woman in horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal
Man jailed for raping woman in horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal
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CCTV captures the moments before a lurking rapist is captured by police after he subjected her to a horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal.

Diljeet Grewal, 28, of Windsor Gardens, Hayes, was sentenced to 15 years in jail after raping and robbing the woman by knifepoint.

He met his victim in a pre-arranged meeting at a property in Hillingdon in April. Shortly after arriving, he produced a knife and threatened the woman, causing her to fear for her life. 

He then carried out a sustained attack which lasted for approximately two-and-a-half hours.

Once he finished physically attacking the woman, Grewal stole her phone and threatened her again, this time demanding money. 

She handed him cash from her handbag but he continued to ransack her room looking for more money, before fleeing the building.

After Grewal left, the woman was able to call a friend who was outside the UK, who in turn contacted police.

Officers attended and upon arrival found Grewal "lurking" outside the address. He matched the description of the suspect and when spoken to, he identified himself. He was arrested immediately.

Grewal, who had previously been charged with rape and aggravated burglary, was sentenced to 15 years - with a further five years on licence upon release - at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday.

Det Con Mark Palmer, who led the investigation, said on Saturday: “I welcome this sentencing and hope it gives the victim some measure of closure.

“I would like to thank the victim for her bravery in supporting our investigation and identifying Grewal as her attacker.

“I also hope it encourages any victims of sexual assault, to come forward and trust that officers will treat crimes of this nature respectfully and seriously regardless of the circumstances.” 

Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese woman who sent texts to family confirmed as one of 39 victims

Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese woman who sent texts to family confirmed as one of 39 victims

A 26-year-old woman from Vietnam has been confirmed as one of the 39 people found dead in a lorry in Essex.

The brother of Pham Thi Tra My told the BBC last week she had paid £30,000 to be smuggled into Britain.

Pham Ngoc Tuan said the family has not been able to contact her since she sent a text on Tuesday night saying she was suffocating.

A translated WhatsApp message, which has been shared on social media, read: "I am really, really sorry, mum and dad, my trip to a foreign land has failed.

"I am dying, I can't breathe. I love you very much mum and dad. I am sorry, mother."

Her father Pham Van Thin told Tuoi Tre newspaper in Vietnam that his daughter was among those dead after receiving a call from England on Saturday. 

"The news that my daughter died in England is true," he said. "It is very painful."

It comes as members of the Vietnamese community have gathered in London for a vigil in memory of the 39 people.

A vigil on Saturday evening was attended by more than one hundred people at the Church of the Holy Name and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in east London.

Candles spelling out "39" were at the foot of the altar ahead of the service in the Catholic church, which has a large Vietnamese congregation.

Reverend Simon Nguyen said: "Today we gather to remember the people who have departed.

"These people who used to live among us, who dined with us. Today they are no longer with us."

Members of the congregation performed readings as part of the vigil and candles were lit.

On Friday, Essex Police announced that it believed all the victims were Vietnamese after previously stating it was thought they were Chinese.

A spokesperson for Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the incident a "serious humanitarian tragedy" in a statement on Saturday.

Post-mortem examinations are currently being carried out to identify the bodies of the 39 migrants were discovered in a lorry trailer in Grays, Essex, in the early hours of October 23.

An earlier statement released by police said they believed they had "identified families for some of the victims," but the identities cannot yet be released due to "confirmatory evidence," that is required by the coroner.

The driver of the lorry, 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, was charged with 39 counts of manslaughter.

 

Western Europe's first national research centre for gang crime opens in London

Western Europe's first national research centre for gang crime opens in London

Western Europe’s first national gang research has opened in London.

Dr Simon Harding, Professor of Criminology at the University of West London, is heading up the National Centre for Gang Research (NCGR).

The centre aims to study youth violence and its causes and help provide advice and research to the discussion about violence and gangs on the UK’s streets.

One of the key issues that Dr Harding wants to address is the use of social media by youngsters and the influence it has on gangs and youth.

Knife crime in the capital has reached a record high, according to the Office for National Statistics.

At a launch event on Wednesday, Dr Harding described social media as a “21st century problem bridled with 20th century structures”.

Tucked away in a side parlour of the Palace of Westminster, the professor spoke to a crowd of other academics, police, former gang members and those who work with people in or at risk of joining a gang.

He told them: “In previously times when there was a gang fight we would hear about it on Monday morning in assembly. Not any more.

“It’s now going to be live streamed to your phone, and young people will be able to view this while they are sitting in their classroom, and it’s going to want to make them get up and run out.”

Dr Harding has spent 35 years researching crime and community safety in the UK and has worked on over 2,500 housing estates.

He has advised the Home Office, Metropolitan Police and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, among others.

He talks to gang members, he rides on the back of mopeds and he wants to make a difference.

On Tuesday evening while MPs voted just metres away on whether to have an election or not, Dr Harding painted a bleak picture of the online cultures surrounding crime.

“Young people I’ve interviewed say they feel ungoverned,” he said of the current climate.

“Their spaces are ungoverned and unpoliced and they feel unsafe,” he said of social media.

He added: “That stressful world is something they live in 24/7. It is with them when they go to bed and when their phones are on continually.

“And they say and they feel it is a world not understood by adults.”

The professor said: “We face a 21st century problem bridled by 20th century structures. 20th century practices, 20th century organisations.

"These are culturally siloed, operationally slow, unresponsive, unmodernised, unadjusted, out of date, technologically ill-equipped, inefficient, and unsuitable.

"We need a radical new way of working to address this. There is no single solution – but many different solutions which must work together in concert.”

Dr Harding says that the lawless world of the teenage internet landscape leads to paranoia, fear and mental illness - and that this progresses to violence.

Uncertainty about who is a “real gangster” and who is just posing online leads to can lead to brawls being started, he said.

People speak in web forums of “reach being king” and try to get the longest blade to carry and speak of gaining points by stabbing people in different parts of the body.

On the subject of drill music, which has been blamed for a rise in violence especially in London, Dr Harding has a mixed view.

He said: “I’m often asked if drill music is a poetic representation of the lived experience of young people or something that generates violence or revenge.

“And the answer is both. It does both of these things, simultaneously.”

The NCGR will be hoping to bring in all parties concerned the rise in violence to help find solutions to the violence. 

Dr Harding also wants to bring in frontline practitioners who work on a daily basis with those involved and at risk of crime.

It is something common in the US, but not seen on this side of the Atlantic.

James Amadu: Two teens charged with murder of young father in Enfield

James Amadu: Two teens charged with murder of young father in Enfield

Two teenagers have been charged with murdering young father James Amadu in north London.

Mr Amadu died in hospital on Thursday afternoon after he was stabbed in Blossom Lane, Enfield.

Romeo Mapeza, 18, and a 15-year-old boy who cannot be named have both been charged with murder.

Mapeza was also charged with possession of a bladed article. Both suspects are from Enfield.

They will appear in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Mr Amadu, 26, was described as the “backbone of his family” who doted on his daughter, Amaiya.

His mother Josephine told the Standard on Friday: “I am heartbroken and devastated. I couldn’t have wanted a better son.”

Mr Amadu’s brother Franklin, 23, added: “James was the backbone of the family. He was my backbone. He put me on the right path, he made me what I am. 

“We have just launched a clothing business together. He was so talented and funny, he cared for everyone before himself. He was a great businessman, we were really going places.”

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