A man who raped a City office worker in an east London park more than 23 years ago as she made her way home has finally been brought to justice.
Gulzar Hussain, 40, and schoolfriend Noor Hussain posed as Good Samaritans when the woman got off her train at the wrong stop and needed to find a taxi rank.
They offered to walk her to a nearby minicab office but then led her to a secluded part of King Edward Memorial Park in Shadwell where the rape attack happened.
The men, who were then 17-years-old, evaded justice at the time of the attack in October 1997, but Noor Hussain was linked to the rape in 2003 thanks to DNA from an shoplifting arrest.
He pleaded guilty to rape and was jailed for nine years in 2008. Evidence he gave to the police eventually led to the prosecution of his friend, Gulzar Hussain.
“The prosecution was able to present strong witness evidence that led to the naming of Hussain, alongside the compelling breakthrough in science that allowed investigators to confirm the DNA match to the defendant”, said Melissa Garner, from the CPS.
“This was a terrifying attack on a lone woman by two strangers who were teenagers at the time. The victim has waited more than 20 years to get justice.
“During his initial police interview Gulzar Hussain claimed that he could not have been responsible for the rape because he had been in Bangladesh at the time; and had not had his first sexual encounter until he was 20 years old. But the jury did not believe his lies”
The woman, then in her 30s, had been out for drinks after work with colleagues in Canary Wharf on the night of the rape, leaving to head home at around 7.30pm.
Her DLR train terminated at Shadwell instead of Bank, and she came across the two attackers as she left the station to find a taxi.
Gulzar Hussain, from Tower Hamlets, has been remanded in custody until sentencing.