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Derbyshire sex beast who subjected woman to terrifying rape has appeal rejected

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A Derbyshire sex beast who subjected a woman to a terrifying rape can have no complaint about his conviction, top judges have ruled.

Star Abdul, 44, of St Thomas’s Close, Tibshelf, Alfreton, told his victim to say she “loved it” and to moan as he forced her into degrading sexual acts.

Abdul was caged for six-and-a-half years at Derby Crown Court in October, 2013, after he was convicted of rape, conspiring to pervert the course and perverting the course of justice.

Three senior judges at London’s Appeal Court rejected Abdul’s challenge to his rape conviction on June 26, saying the guilty verdict was entirely safe.

Lady Justice Sharp said Abdul set down two kitchen knives in the room where he then carried out the humiliating assault on his frightened victim.

He told her to “shut up” as he forced himself upon her, telling her to “say she was loving it” and “to moan” as he raped her.

Afterwards, he ordered her to shower so as to remove evidence, the appeal judge said.

But he was arrested after the woman complained to the police. He denied any wrongdoing, insisting the encounter was consensual.

After his arrest, Abdul enlisted a woman’s help as he tried to “persuade the complainant” to withdraw her allegation and later, while in custody, he asked a fellow prisoner to post a threat against her on the internet.

At trial, the jury acquitted him of other sexual charges. He had been convicted of the justice perversion counts at a separate hearing.

Abdul - dressed in a suit with cropped hair - watched from the dock today as his barrister, Timothy Bubb, argued that there was “no logical basis” for what he described as the jury’s “inconsistent” verdicts.

But Lady Justice Sharp, sitting with Mr Justice Foskett and Judge Clement Goldstone QC, said: “This is very far from a case in which it could be said that no reasonable jury, applying its mind to the evidence, could have given the verdicts it did.

“These were not specimen counts and the jury was invited to consider them separately.”

There was a “sound basis” for the jury’s finding of guilt on the single rape count and the judge concluded: “We do not accept that the jury’s verdicts were inconsistent. It follows that this appeal against conviction must be dismissed.”

 

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