Would-be rapist is finally jailed

A would-be rapist who left blood on his victim's clothing has finally been jailed more than seven years after the attack.

Father-of-four Gulzaman Khan was yesterday jailed for five years at Bradford Crown Court in spite of his continued denials over the attack on a 17-year-old teenager in July 2001.

Khan lay in wait for his victim in a quiet street off Burley Road, Leeds, but his attempt to rape her in broad daylight was foiled by members of the public who heard her screams.

During the attack the victim managed to scratch Khan's face and the blood he left on her clothing provided the DNA sample which was matched to the defendant in early 2008.

Last month Khan, of Carr Manor Place, Leeds, was found guilty of attempted rape after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Jailing the 43-year-old, Judge Peter Hunt described the offence as a planned attempt to rape a young woman who was a stranger to him.

He said Khan had been sitting in a car looking for a suitable victim and had then followed her before pouncing.

The judge said it was an aggravating feature of the case that Khan was prepared to carry out a planned rape on a stranger in broad daylight in a public place.

"This girl must have been terrified and you have shown no remorse whatsoever," added Judge Hunt.

Khan will have to register as a sex offender with the police for the rest of his life.

Judge Hunt commended now married couple Armin and Jasminda Alisic for their actions in assisting the complainant and he ordered that each of them should receive 200 from public funds.

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