July 2021

Takeaway worker jailed for nine years after raping underage customer twice

A former takeaway worker has been jailed after raping an underage customer on two separate occasions.

Hawaiz Rashid, who is also commonly known as Waqas, met his victim while working at Ashton Balti House, in Ashton-Under-Lyne, between 2008 and 2010.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 13 or 14-years-old at the time of the crimes, a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Rashid would speak to the girl when she came into the takeaway with friends and eventually he got her phone number.

Friendly conversations turned ‘weird’ according to the girl and Rashid asked her to meet him and go to a hotel.

The girl agreed and said that she was ‘flattered’ by the attention from an older man but did not expect anything sexual to happen.

Upon arriving, Rashid told the victim to keep her head down and walk fast, making her suspicious that something was wrong.

Once in the room, Rashid helped the girl to undress and then got on top of her. Despite pushing him away and repeatedly saying ‘no’, he then raped her.

A few weeks later, the victim was at her home.

Rashid told the girl he could come over after his shift. She made excuses but he turned up anyway, between 1am and 1.30am.

He took her up to the bathroom where he raped her for a second time.

The victim reported the crimes to police in May 2018, having confided in friends.

After being arrested, Rashid, now 41, of Eric Street, Oldham, admitted knowing the victim but denied either incident taking place.

Following a trial, a jury unanimously found him guilty of two counts of rape, and the case was sent to Bolton Crown Court for sentencing.

In a statement, read to the court by prosecution barrister Paul Treble, the victim said that she has regular nightmares about Rashid.

She said that he ‘took her innocence’ and that the crimes made her: “anxious, depressed and scared.”

The victim added: “I hope my nightmares will ease up some day and I hope that he will come to terms with what he’s done.

“I can go months without thinking about it but then one day I’ll be crying my heart out into my pillow so my children don’t hear. They’re the ones who get me through it.

“I hope one day he will know and understand the pain he’s caused.”

Rashid was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order was imposed on him.