Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Parker's Piece rapist jailed for six years

Ali Aboalkassem
Image caption Ali Aboalkassem's DNA was found on the woman and on a bottle recovered from the scene

A man has been jailed for six years for raping a woman as she walked to work in Cambridge.

Ali Aboalkassem, 29, of no fixed address, attacked the woman as she crossed Parker's Piece, a park in the city centre, on 11 October last year.

He dragged his victim off a path and punched her several times before raping her.

Aboalkassem pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court and will be deported to Egypt at the end of his jail term.

His DNA was found on the 32-year-old woman and on a bottle of alcohol found at the scene.

He was arrested at a cafe in Mill Road five days later.

Det Insp Karryann Beeby said: "This has been a traumatic experience for the victim and I'm pleased the offender has been brought to justice without the need for her to relive her ordeal at trial.

"She showed extreme bravery in giving a thorough account to police which helped identify her attacker.

"Aboalkassem is a dangerous man who targeted a lone woman as she was walking to work.

"Her life has been turned upside down by the attack but I hope she will take some comfort from the fact he has been locked up and will be deported on completion of his sentence."

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