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By Behindwoods News Bureau | Jun 05, 2019 02:44 PM

In a sad and shocking case, an Indian man, who fled to India in 2017 after an alleged sexual assault on a woman in the UK, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for the rape.

Man gets 7-year jail term for rape after DNA match from earphones

The accused identified as Ajay Rana, was found guilty of raping the woman in the back of his housemate's car in the town of Lowestoft in Suffolk, eastern England, after offering her a lift on December, 9, 2017.

According to Deccan Chronicle reports, after committing the crime he then fled to India on December 13 claiming he was visiting his mother who was ill. He was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court in Suffolk after being found guilty of rape following a two-week trial and was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely. "The police investigation commenced following a calculated and sustained attack committed on an innocent victim, who has been left traumatised by the callous actions of this offender," said Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger, the Senior Investigating Officer for Suffolk Police.

The Senior Investigating Officer further stated that "this was a complicated investigation that was progressed with great haste despite the challenges presented by an offender who fled the country after the attack. The investigation team worked tirelessly over many months to ensure the individual did not escape justice and I am proud of the work they produced to reach the right outcome for the victim."

During the trial, it emerged that the victim - a woman aged in her 30s - was offered a lift by Ajay Rana, saying it was cold and he had just given a lift to two other people, and she accepted. He stopped the car further down and raped the victim in the vehicle. She then managed to get out of the car and ran away to a friend's house nearby to get help, following which the police were called.

In a statement read to the court, the victim said the attack "will haunt me for the rest of my life. I am so angry that he has done this to me, and [the case] brings it all flooding back and the emotions hit me like a roller coaster." The victim also said she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, had begun self-harming and suffered regular flashbacks, despite receiving counselling.

Media reports state that Ajay Rana's car was traced and found to be registered to one of his housemates and he was a named driver on the insurance. On attending Ajay Rana's home address and speaking with friends of the suspect, officers were told that he had left for London, saying that he had to go to India as his mother was ill.

Police officers located some of Ajay Rana's earphones that he had left behind and were then able to match DNA from them with swabs taken from the victim, reports Deccan Chronicle. 

A CCTV analysis was able to locate Ajay Rana's car driving the route through the town as described by the victim and place him in the relevant locations, at times corresponding to when the victim first got into his car and when the attack occurred.

Ajay Rana has been remanded in custody in the UK since November last year and will now serve a seven-year sentence at the end of which he is expected to be deported back to India.