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Child rapist who molested girl, 8, in Tower Hamlets in 1990s jailed nearly 30 years later

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A child rapist who sexually abused an eight-year-old girl has been jailed. Muhammad Talukdar, 51 of Ballance Street, Bath, was sentenced to 14 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court on May 31. He raped and molested the child in Tower Hamlets, East London in the 1990s.

The historic offences came to light in 2020, but in the absence of recent witness accounts and DNA evidence, officers carried out interviews with friends and family of the victim and gathered medical records to prove the extent of the abuse. The victim also gave permission for notes from her counselling sessions to be shared.

Paedophile Talukdar was found guilty of three counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault at Snaresbrook Crown Court in March 2024.

Detective Constable Paul Hawthorn said “I’d like to commend the bravery of the victim for her strength throughout this investigation. I hope this case serves as inspiration to others who may understandably fear speaking out against this kind of abhorrent abuse. Officers showed true determination in securing justice on behalf of the victim and I’d like to thank them for their dedication – they are a credit to the Met.

“We will continue to build cases against dangerous predators like Talukdar as part of our commitment to protecting women and girls and eradicating sexual violence. We would urge anyone who has been a victim of abuse – no matter how long ago – to please come forward to police and get the support you so rightly deserve”.

Support and assistance can be obtained from a number of agencies and charities:

  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood NAPAC helpline: 0808 801 0331
  • Rape Crisis 08085002222
  • Childline 0800 1111
  • National Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline 0808 802 9999
  • Survivors UK 0203 598 3898 info@survivorsuk.org.
  • Samaritans 116 123 jo@samaritans.org

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