What tickles me is for somebody who isn’t legal to work and by rights should have no entitlement to benefits. How does he have a spare £50 to pay a street walker for a suck. In today’s financial climate there are people grafting 40 plus hours a week who would think your taking the piss if you asked did they happen to have a spare £50 on them. There is something seriously wrong with this country if illegal immigrants are walking round with more money in their pockets than legit British workers.
Illegal immigrant robbed and raped prostitute in Plymouth
By Plymouth Herald | Posted: March 12, 2014
By Stuart Abel
AN ILLEGAL immigrant was today found guilty of raping and robbing a prostitute in Plymouth’s red light area.
Balen Wosou, aged 22, violently attacked the woman after paying her for a sex act, the city’s Crown Court heard.
The Iraqi-born man faces a long jail term and deportation after a jury convicted him following a trial.
Police said they hoped the verdicts would encourage other vulnerable people, especially in the sex industry, to reports assaults.
Wosou turned on the woman after he met her for sex in the street in Stonehouse last year.
He raped the prostitute, covering her mouth as she screamed for help.
Wosou then tried to snatch back money from her pocket, including £50 he had paid minutes before.
He then bit the woman’s hand when she tried to stop him.
Wosou, of Bayswater Road, Stonehouse, spent a week on trial after denying rape and robbery.
He claimed that he was in the area that night but never met the woman.
Wosou insisted that the prostitute was attacked by someone else – and claimed he met a man looking just like him in the minutes after the incident.
The jury of ten men and two women took five and a half hours to convict him by unanimous verdict.
Wosou, listening with the help of a Kurdish Sorani interpreter, showed no reaction as the foreman announced his guilt.
Judge Paul Darlow remanded him back into custody until sentencing on a date to be fixed.
His barrister Emily Cook did not ask for a probation report.
The prostitute, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave police a good description of Wosou, who attacked her at about 10pm in Market Close, off Union Street.
He was then picked out in nearby streets on CCTV footage.
A sharp-eyed police officer then spotted Wosou, wearing the distinctive jacket she described, in nearby Durnford Street a few days later. He lived there at the time with his girlfriend.
The victim then picked him out of a video identification parade featuring ten similar-looking men.
DNA analysis later showed a small amount of the woman’s blood on the cuff of his jacket.
But Wosou made the unlikely claim he had met the rapist, wearing an identical coat to his own, in the street after the attack.
The stranger, who looked similar to Wosou, asked for a cigarette and oddly touched his wrist and shoulder – providing a possible explanation for the presence of the woman’s blood.
Police scoured CCTV and could find no trace of the man.
Wosou told the court that his father was killed because he had worked with the former regime, the Ba’ath Party of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.
Wosou’s uncle then advised that he should flee the country because he too was in danger.
Wosou had told the jury he was smuggled into Britain in the back of a lorry – but the police were waiting.
He was housed in Birmingham from 2008 and moved to Plymouth only last year, months before the rape.
Wosou was not permitted to work.
DC Michelle Dunn, the officer in the case, said after the verdicts: “I would like to commend the victim on her bravery throughout this investigation, from reporting the offence through to giving evidence at court.
“I would like to thank our partner agencies who have provided support for the victim which has assisted in securing this outcome.
“I hope that the successful outcome of this trial will encourage other victims to come forward and report offences committed against them, particularly these in the sex industry and other vulnerable groups.”