Attacker rapes prostitute in ice cream van

A MAN has been found guilty of raping a prostitute in the back of his ice cream van.

Javid Iqbal, 43, of Bury New Road, was convicted of rape and possessing false identity documents at Bolton Crown Court.

He is due to be sentenced on 11 January 2010.

On 23 May 2006 a 22-year-old woman was walking towards Bolton when she came across Iqbal. She agreed to perform a sex act on him however at no point did she consent to sex.

She got into his ice cream van and he drove to Alders Lane where he raped her before throwing her out and driving off.

Police were called and detectives were able to get a DNA profile of the attacker from the victim.

In August 2006 the victim was in the Tonge Moor area when she spotted the ice cream van. The vehicle registration, H804 WCP, was handed to Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Police records showed Iqbal to be the registered keeper and his address to be Bury New Road but officers were told he had gone to Pakistan. He was circulated as wanted by police.

Detectives were also able to get a DNA profile of the attacker from the victim.

At about 12.30pm on Thursday 11 June 2009, officers from GMP’s Traffic Network Section, stopped an ice cream van on Derby Street, Bolton as part of a police and local authority operation targeting unlicensed street traders.

Iqbal was arrested and subsequently charged.

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