Farhan Ahmed jailed for Nelson pensioner's rape

Farhan Ahmed
Image caption Ahmed's victim said that despite her ordeal her "trust remains"

An 18-year-old man has been sentenced indefinitely for the knifepoint rape of a pensioner in her Lancashire home.

Farhan Ahmed of Park Avenue, Barrowford, was found guilty at Burnley Crown Court of raping the 64-year-old.

The court heard he broke into her home in Nelson in the early hours of 28 October 2010 and threatened her with a knife while raping her.

The judge said that Ahmed would not be eligible to be considered for parole for five years.

'Exceptional bravery'

Speaking after the sentencing, the victim said: "My trust remains and I have faith that when he is sentenced it will give the young man time to reflect on what he did and hope he can one day feel remorse."

Det Supt Ian Critchley said: "This was a nasty, unprovoked attack on a vulnerable and defenceless elderly lady.

"Specially trained officers have worked with the victim right through this case and she has shown exceptional bravery and courage throughout the process.

"I can't imagine just how traumatic and distressing this has been for her.

"I am pleased that members of the community have come forward and given evidence in this case."

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