Berkshire

Hamid Mahmood guilty of rape and violent assault

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Image caption Hamid Mahmood was convicted at Reading Crown Court

A man has been found guilty of raping a woman and smashing a wine bottle over her head.

Hamid Mahmood, 23, of Griffin Close, Slough, raped the woman in her 40s in the town on 17 August 2016.

The assault happened as the woman walked from near the Montem Leisure Centre into Salt Hill Park.

He previously admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was convicted of one count of rape, at Reading Crown Court.

Mahmood raped the woman, then smashed a wine bottle over her head, the court heard.

The victim was assisted by two members of the public who called emergency services and Mahmood was arrested on the same day.

Two other men arrested in connection with the investigation were released without charge.

Det Con Ross Fleming, from Thames Valley Police, said: "This was an extremely serious offence against this woman who was raped and, after that ordeal, was then violently assaulted.

"The incident has had a devastating and long-lasting impact upon her and she will, no doubt, never forget what happened."

Mahmood was remanded in custody while a date for sentencing is set.

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