June 2005

Robber on parole raped girl runaway

AN armed robber raped a 14-year-old girl months after being released from prison.

Within days Intikhab Alam also mugged two pensioners.

A judge heard how Alam, 33, befriended the rape victim after she ran away from home.

At the time he was on parole from a nine-year jail term for attacking and robbing three prostitutes.

At Manchester Crown Court Alam, of Gordon Avenue, Clarksfield, Oldham, was jailed for 13 years.

Judge Antony Hammond said the sentence should not start until he has served 745 days still outstanding from his previous jail term.

He said: “In my view, you are a danger to women. If you are convicted of any other offence of a violent or sexual nature then you are likely to be in prison for the rest of your life.”

Nick Clarke, prosecuting, said Alam was given nine years in February 1999 for robbing prostitutes after threatening them with either a knife or a gun.

He was paroled on licence in September 2003. But only four months later he met a girl of 14 in the centre of Manchester. She had run away from home. After befriending her, he took the girl to a flat where he raped her.

Two days later Alam approached an 68-year-old woman in Failsworth, pushed her to the ground and stole her bag.

Within a week he attacked a second pensioner in Ashton. He hit her repeatedly before stealing her bag.

He denied the rape and the robberies, but was convicted after different crown court trials.