Abdul Basith has been jailed for twice raping a woman in 1999 after his DNA was taken by police for an unrelated matter two years ago

Thursday 16 November 2023

A man has been jailed for raping a woman more than 20 years ago, after he was caught by DNA analysis.

Abdul Basith, now 52, approached the woman in her 20s, as she struggled to get a taxi home after a night out in Leicester Square in 1999.

He approached the victim offering her a lift home and she got into his car. At some point during the journey, Basith stopped in a small car park before sexually assaulting and raping her.

After driving off he stopped near Bethnal Green, London and locked the doors before raping her again, even though she shouted for help and tried desperately to fight him off.

His victim was later found in a distressed state by a passer-by who took her to a police station, after Basith pushed her out of the car and drove off.

Abdul Basith from Bethnal Green was convicted of rape and jailed for 10 years

Despite an extensive investigation at the time, police were unable to trace Basith.

In 2020, he was arrested for an unrelated matter that required his DNA to be taken. After it was placed placed in the national database, it matched his DNA found in 1999 at the scene of the rape.

Basith was arrested and subsequently found guilty following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court where he was jailed for 10 years.

Detective Constable Amy Laybourn, of Central Specialist Crime, said: "This woman suffered a terrible ordeal which she has lived with for many years.

"It has taken several decades for Basith to be brought to justice but thankfully that has finally happened and we hope it has brought the victim the closure she deserves.

"The Met is committed to tackling violence against women and girls and I want to assure any victims who make a report they will receive specialist support and police will do all we can to bring offenders to justice.”