22nd Oct, 2021

Knifepoint rapist who kidnapped and attacked teenager in Coventry and Bedworth is jailed for 20 years

Coventry Editorial 8th Jun, 2021 Updated: 9th Jun, 2021

A RAPIST has been jailed for 20 years and his accomplices caged after a teenage woman was raped at knifepoint and kidnapped.

Muhebullah (Mobei) Dadwal was sentenced yesterday for raping the then 19-year-old at knifepoint before abducting and threatening to kill her, telling the terrified teenager he would ‘dump her body and police would never find her’.

The horror started when Dadwal was drunk and high on cocaine at a property in Bedworth in November 2019.

The 33-year-old assaulted her before taking a knife out, pressing it against her throat and raping her.

He also put her mobile onto aeroplane mode so no-one could call her.

That night they went to the Coventry Hill Hotel and the next day he kicked the woman in the face and got out his knife out and raped her again.

The teenager was too scared to report the incident at the time, especially as Dadwal, who was married with children, had threatened to kill her family members if she said anything to police.

A few months later in February 2020 she was kidnapped by Dadwal while walking on Gordon Street in Coventry.

She instantly recognised his dark Ford as it pulled up on the pavement and tried to run away, but Dadwal exited via the passenger side and grabbed her.

The teenager tried to resist at which point a man in the back seat of the car – later identified as Constantin Stan – grabbed her legs and Dadwal forced her inside before the driver made off.

Dadwal immediately began shouting and intimidating the woman, asking her who she had been seeing. He snatched her phone as she tried to call 999 and demanded the pin code, before smashing the device.

They stopped at different locations all the while the 19-year-old was begging Dadwal to let her go. He then punched her and pulled out a knife, threatening to kill her.

They pulled up in a pub car park and the driver parked the car near to an alleyway. Dadwal told the woman ‘this was where he could kill her and dump her body’ and ‘police would never find her’. She was then dropped back on the street.

Despite the shocking and distressing circumstances, she courageously contacted police.

A wanted appeal was put out for Dadwal and an anonymous call came into police identifying his location and he was arrested.

A full and comprehensive CCTV trawl around the kidnap site was carried out by officers, who recovered a camera looking at the exact point of where the victim was taken and which showed clear footage of the kidnap. Despite being shown this footage, Dadwal denied all charges.

The 33-year-old, of no fixed address, was found guilty of two knifepoint rapes, assault, kidnap and criminal damage and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with five years extended licence. He was also put on the sex offender registration for life and has an indefinite restraining order.

Mobei Dadwel’s brother Wahidullah (Wahid) Dadwel pleaded guilty to witness intimidation. He sent messages to the victim whilst his brother was on remand offering her money to drop the charges against him. Wahid Dadwel, age 30, of Deerhurst Road, Coventry, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and given an indefinite restraining order.

Det Con Jonathan Barker, from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This woman has shown remarkable courage during these proceedings and I hope her bravery will encourage other victims of sexual offences to come forward and have the confidence in us to seek justice and support them throughout their ordeal.

“Hopefully the 20 year sentence of Muhebullah Dadwal will be of some comfort to the woman and go some way to providing her with closure. People who have been raped often understandably struggle to come to terms with what has happened and it can have a devastating impact on their lives.

“We take reports of sexual offences very seriously, making it a priority to treat people with compassion and respect and work tirelessly to put perpetrators before the courts.”

At the end of the sentence at Warwick Crown Court, His Honour Judge Anthony Potter commended West Midlands Police on their work on the investigation.

Anyone who has been raped or subjected to a sexual assault can report it at 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Visit west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/rape for advice and support surrounding the issues.

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