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Rashid Abdilah Jama, aged 39, who attacked and repeatedly raped a woman, has been sentenced to 13 and a half years following a ten year man hunt by detectives.

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Jama was sentenced to 13 and a half years which will be extended for three years on licence at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (27/09) for raping a woman in Alum Rock in 2005.

Jama, together with a number of other men, had originally been arrested in November 2005 by officers investigating a gang rape attack on a woman at a house on Bowyer Road.

The woman, aged 35 at the time, had gone back to the address with a friend, where she had been attacked multiple times by a number of men over a prolonged period. Her friend managed to escape and raise the alarm by calling police.

Due to complex forensic enquiries, the men arrested were bailed by police while investigations took place, during which time Jama fled and failed to answer his bail.

Two other men were charged and convicted of rape in 2008 following the attack- Yusuf Jama was convicted and jailed for life, while Jamal Yusuf was convicted of rape in 2008 and jailed for ten years.

Meanwhile detectives continued to follow a trail for Rashid Jama, following up leads and making enquiries across the country and abroad.

In October 2015, he was arrested in Sweden and detectives had him extradited to England to face charges.

Detective Sergeant Mick Ross, from West Midlands Police CID, said: “This has been a long and complex enquiry spanning ten years across places in this country and abroad.

“Jama was arrested in Sweden and extradited under the terms of a European Arrest Warrant arriving back into the UK on 27th October 2015.

“He was charged with rape and remanded in custody. In July 2016, he pleaded guilty to rape.

“The attack on the woman over ten years ago was horrendous and I hope this can bring some justice and closure for the victim, who showed tremendous courage, which the judge commended her on.  I’m pleased we have finally been able to bring another of her attackers to justice and put him behind bars.

“We would like to reassure people that West Midlands Police will continue to pursue offenders who think they have escaped justice.”

Jama was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

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