A man has been jailed for ten years after locking a woman in a car and repeatedly raping her.
Olawale Hassan, from Grays, has been described by police as “manipulative and calculated” after preying on a woman on a night out.
It was on the evening of February 25, 2017 when Hassan met the victim, who was in her 20s.
She was with a friend when he approached her, claiming he was a music producer called ‘David’.
The 33-year-old bought her a drink before following her and her friend to another nightclub.
He repeatedly asked for her number and if she wanted to go to his hotel room, but every time she rejected him.
At closing time, Hassan promised the victim he would take her home safely, after her friend left with her partner.
But once they were in the car, he drove in the wrong direction along the seafront and began smoking cannabis.
When Hassan pulled the car up along the Western Esplanade, he locked the doors when she tried to escape.
He then raped the victim three times, and sexually assaulted her by penetration once.
Hassan then took her home, where she reported the incident to police and was supported by specialist officers.
Using CCTV, telephone data and number plate recognition, officers were able to track Hassan down.
The 33-year-old, who was a musician who also went by the name ‘Goldie 1’, was also identified using DNA.
He was arrested a few days later on March 9 at Seaway carpark, and was later charged with three counts of rape and one charge of assault by penetration.
At Basildon Crown Court, Hassan was found guilty of all charges on September 18.
Today (October 6), he was jailed for a total of ten years and banned for driving for eight years and nine months.
He was also put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and given an indefinite restraining order.
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Investigating officer Detective Constable Victoria De’ath said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the victim for her courage in reporting this incident.
“When I first met her, she blamed herself for getting in Hassan’s car but has now recognised just how dangerous this man is and that none of this is her fault.
“She didn’t want him to hurt anyone else and this has been her motivation for three and-a-half years – to do what she can to keep other people in her community safe.
“Throughout the trial, it became apparent just how manipulative and calculated Hassan was in this attack.
“I would encourage anyone who has survived any sexual assault to report it.
“Specialist officers, like me, will listen to you and you will be supported by our partner agencies as this woman was.
“I hope that today’s result brings some comfort to this courageous and inspirational woman who is now rebuilding her life knowing that Hassan is safely behind bars”