May 2021

Pushbike serial rapist convicted of brutal attacks on Birmingham sex workers

A serial rapist who approached women on his pushbike faces a lengthy jail term for brutal attacks on five sex workers in Birmingham.

Esa Juwara began his campaign of sexual assaults in March 2019. He approached his first victim on Reservoir Road on his pushbike in the early hours of March 10.

When she refused his advances, he grabbed her and threatened her with a knife but fortunately her friends heard her screams and as they came running, Juwara made off.

Then in July 2019 Juwara attacked another sex worker on Ladywood Road.

She also refused his advances so he punched her and hit her repeatedly with a bike chain. She managed to escape but was left with a loose tooth, which subsequently fell out, and bruises.

Three months later Juwara accosted the same victim again in Icknield Port Road. This time she was unable to fight him off as he punched her repeatedly and raped her.

Juwara went on to rape another sex worker on two separate occasions in November and December 2019, again with the same level of violence and another was attacked twice in December − the first time saved by members of the public, but threatened with a knife and raped on the second occasion.

A fifth sex worker was attacked in Chamberlain Gardens by Juwara with his bike chain around her neck. She passed out for a short time and awoke to find him raping her, before passers-by came to her rescue and Juwara made off.

In January 2020 plain clothes police officers were on patrol in Ladywood Park when they spotted a man on a bike matching the description of the offender. As they moved in to arrest him, he threatened a female officer with his bike chain.

CS spray was discharged, but he made off. Fortunately, officers nearby were able to detain him.

Juwara, of Lighthorne Avenue , Ladywood, was picked out by three victims in ID parades and matched the descriptions given by the other two.

DNA evidence from a sixth victim also linked him to the offences, however she did not wish to make a complaint, but did give evidence in court.

At Birmingham Crown Court today (May 5), the 21-year-old was convicted on all charges following a trial and will be sentenced at a later date.