Restaurant worker guilty of raping student he imprisoned and used as 'sex slave'

CONVICTED: Abdul Hanif

CONVICTED: Abdul Hanif

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A TAKEAWAY worker who treated a terrified student as his sex slave - raping, beating and keeping her prisoner - was today awaiting a long prison sentence.

Abdul Hanif throttled the 26-year-old woman with a mobile phone charger cable and forced her to cook and clean for him while repeatedly violating her over a four month period.

Police had to break down the door to free the traumatised victim, who said he treated her like an animal.

Hanif , 30, of Chapel Lane, Allerton, Bradford, was yesterday convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of three sample offences of rape and one of causing actual bodily harm.

He was told by Judge Peter Benson: "You must anticipate a very substantial sentence of custody."

The jury took only 90 minutes to reach their unanimous verdicts after the week-long trial.

Judge Benson thanked them for their close attention to "a troubling and difficult case."

He was sentencing Hanif today after reading the young woman's victim impact statement.

She was studying accountancy in London, on a student visa from Bangladesh, when Hanif lured her to Bradford, pretending he was taking her to a "nice new home".

He had been following her around and offered to help when she was made homeless.

They slept in his car in Barkerend Road before Hanif kept her at friends' homes and then rented a flat in Thorpe Edge, where he kept her prisoner while he worked at McDonalds in Ingleby Road, Girlington.

The woman told how he took her phone and bank card and forced her to have sex every day.

The naive and vulnerable Muslim student was a virgin before Hanif raped her.

She was made to cook his meals and he flew into a rage when he was unhappy with what she served him.

The woman said Hanif wanted to loan her out to other men for money to pay off his gambling debts.

When she refused, he tore the phone charger from the socket and strangled her, leaving marks on her throat.

She was freed when police officers went to the flat in Thorpe Edge on June 27 last year and battered down the door.

Stephen Naylor, a former friend of Hanif, said she managed to ring him, saying she was unwell and accusing Hanif of domestic violence.

"She said he was treating her like an animal," Mr Naylor said.

He described Hanif as charismatic but said there was a darker side.

"Hanif is a very frightening man and he trusts no-one," Mr Naylor said.

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