On Friday, two minicab touts were sentenced to a total of 21 years in prison for the rape of a girl they picked up off the street near Heddon St.
You may remember a few months back there was an appeal from the police posted on the LTDF forum looking for a taxi driver who picked up this girl after she had been attacked.
The Taxi driver concerned contacted the police and made a statement helping them with their enquiries. The police then managed to arrest the two rapists with the help of DNA evidence.
But then, this Taxi driver went even further beyond the call of duty and appeared as witness in court where his evidence blew away their alibi.
To show their support and gather the facts, members of the UCG went with the driver to Wood Green Crown Court on the day where he gave evidence. The atmosphere in the courtroom was intimidating to say the least, with both the rapist's families packing out the public gallery. We certainly felt it, so god knows how he felt actually standing up and giving evidence against them.
Now this driver isn't exactly a small guy and is definitely no shrinking violet, but even so, many people wouldn't have done what he did. He is a credit to this trade, and humanity itself and I take my hat off to him. The same plaudits must go to the victim and her family, their lives will have been shattered by this attack.
Both rapists were found guilty last month after a week of deliberation, and finally sentenced on Friday. Between them, the attackers got 21 years. The victim and her family have to live with the terrifying memory of this for life.
Official Police Statement below
The victim - now aged 26 - befriended the men after leaving a bar in the West End and accepted an offer of a lift home. But she was attacked in the vehicle.
Suliman Ali, 21, of Marylebone, and Ahmed Ahmed, 21, of Paddington, pleaded not guilty, but after a trial at Wood Green Crown Court they were convicted on Friday 1 March.
At Wood Green Crown Court Ali was jailed for 12 years and placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Ahmed was jailed for nine years and placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Police have now issued pictures of these men in case any other women may have been attacked by them but have yet to come forward.
On 6 October 2011 the woman had been out for the evening with work colleagues. They had been for drinks and ended the evening at a bar in the West End.
She left the bar at approximately 1am on 7 October 2011 on her own and tried to make her way to a tube station; however she became lost and disorientated.
The woman was befriended by two men who walked with her. They arrived at Edgware Road Tube Station but it was shut. The woman was offered a lift to her home in Wandsworth Borough by the men, which she accepted.
She was in the back of the car and the two men in the front. She realised something was amiss when they drove past Edgware Road Tube Station twice, and she then became anxious.
She asked to get out of the vehicle and they pulled up in a small side street. The driver - Suliman Ali - then got into the back of the vehicle and raped her.
Ahmed remained in the front passenger seat.
After the assault the woman managed to escape and ran off. She found herself in Edgware Road and was picked up by a Black Cab driver who took her home. She called police later that morning.
Inquiries by detectives from Sapphire led to two men being identified by DNA - they were arrested in November 2011 and later charged. Both faced a charge of rape as Ahmed was deemed to be acting in concert with Ali.
Ali maintained that everything that happened was with the woman's consent. Ahmed initially denied being at the location or near the victim at all. He later changed his defence to say that he may have been in the car previously with a woman which is how his DNA came to be there.
The jury rejected their stories after a trial that began on Monday 18 February.
Detective Constable Jenny Thrower, of Sapphire, said: "Even thought DNA evidence linked both men to the crime, they pleaded not guilty and consequently prolonged this young woman's search for justice.
"She was determined to give evidence at court and we must applaud her courage in agreeing to testify.
"The verdict helps illustrate our commitment to dealing with sexual assault and bringing those responsible before the courts.
"It is possible that there are other victims of Ali and Ahmed who have yet to come forward. If so we ask such people to contact Sapphire officers on 020 8733 5999, or via our non-emergency line 101."