A COVENTRY man has been convicted of raping one woman and blackmailing a mother and daughter.
Munir Dawod had pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape, one of assault and two charges of blackmail – but was found guilty of all five offences by a jury at Warwick Crown Court.
Dawod (33) of Queen Isabels Avenue, Cheylesmore, Coventry, was remanded in custody by Judge Peter Cooke for ‘an assessment of dangerousness’ to be carried out.
If he is found to pose a danger to the public, he could face and extended prison sentence.
Prosecutor Siobhan Collins said last summer a woman fell asleep on the bedroom floor of a house in Hillfields, Coventry, where she had been socialising.
She was woken by Dawod, who she knew as his alias Roberto, and he began kicking and punching her.
“He produced a pair of orange gloves and put them on and produced a knife. The defendant then went on to strike her repeatedly to the head with the knife, kicking her as he did so.
“That caused her to bleed and to leave visible marks on the wall where she was cowering from him, crying and pleading with him and telling him she hadn’t done anything.”
When another women intervened and took her to the bathroom to clean herself up, Dawod followed and offered her money in exchange for her silence, then left the house.
Although she went to hospital, his victim did not stay to be treated, and went to a first-aider friend who applied butterfly stitches to the wound he had caused.
Another woman, Belinda Gore, who lived with her adult children in Henley Green, Coventry, also knew Dawod as Roberto – and thought of him as someone to be afraid of.
In August he contacted her daughter Shana and Mrs Gore they had to go with him, making threats and complaining about a previous dispute over use of their and his car.
Dawod took them to the house in Hillfields where he made Belinda Gore lock the front door and kept them in the living room.
He demanded that they get him £300, threatening that if they did not have it by 10.30pm that night, he would return to their home, ‘take the front door off and finish whoever’s in there.’
He then let them leave, and they went home with his two female accomplices, and unsuccessfully tried to raise the money.
Meanwhile, Belinda’s son had called the police – and in the shed officers found a pair of orange gloves which had blood on them which matched that of Dawod’s first victim.
The following month that woman was at a friend’s flat in the Radford area of Coventry when Dawod arrived and ordered her to go into the lounge.
He made her sit next to him, grabbed her hand and made her touch him over his clothes – then pulled out a small knife and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
He then pulled her back onto the sofa, pulled her lower clothes down and raped her again.
Because of what had happened to Belinda and Shana, the police had been looking for Dawod – and arrived at the flat very shortly after the rape.
He was arrested, and the woman said she had just been raped.
Dawod denied all the offences, claiming the sex between the had been consensual.