Berkshire

Slough man Arshad Arif convicted of raping 17-year-old girl

Arshad Arif
Image caption Arshad Arif befriended the girl outside a Watford nightclub

A man described as a "dangerous predatory offender" has been convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl.

Arshad Arif, from Slough, Berkshire was found guilty of two counts of rape against the girl on 25 November.

The jury at Reading Crown Court heard the 28-year-old befriended the victim outside a nightclub before driving her to a park and raping her.

She managed to get away and alert members of the public. Arif, of Belfast Avenue, will be sentenced on 12 July.

The court heard on the night of the assault, Arif befriended the victim outside the Oceana nightclub in Watford, Hertfordshire, at about 03:00 GMT.

'Appallingly frightening'

She had become separated from her friends, who also had her belongings.

The pair travelled to Salt Hill Park in Slough where she was taken to a secluded spot and raped twice by Arif.

After escaping, members of the public called police.

Det Sgt Lucy Deane, from Thames Valley Police, said: "This man is a dangerous predatory offender who needs to be locked up to ensure the safety of young women who find themselves, through no fault of their own, in vulnerable situations.

"He literally hunted his victim down, identifying her vulnerability and taking the worst kind of advantage imaginable.

"He denied the allegations, forcing the victim to relive the appallingly frightening experience all over again."

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