Man sexually assaulted woman for five hours after spiking her hot chocolate

A man who drugged his friend with MDMA and sexually assaulted her after visiting a mosque has been jailed.

Junaid Iqbal-Wahid laced the woman's drink with the drug during a toilet break on a car ride.

When she returned to the car the 29-year-old went to pray at a nearby mosque, leaving the victim to drink the spiked hot chocolate.

When he returned minutes later Iqbal-Wahid fondled the woman as she lay unwell in her seat begging to be taken to hospital, the Manchester Evening News reported.

The victim, a devout Muslim who was hoping to marry another man, was kept in the car for five hours before she was allowed to seek treatment.

She said the incident in August 2017 had now affected her future marriage plans.

In a statement she said: ''I feel angry and I can’t believe he did something like this to me. I feel like I’ve let myself down.

“I’m not the same person as I was since that night and I don’t like to go to social gatherings. This came to me when I noticed a change in myself in social engagement.

“I have anxiety and shame. It wasn’t my fault, I never asked for this to happen to me. I still lose sleep over it.

“Some nights I replay what happened that night in my mind. Some nights I get extremely upset and angry that I let Junaid back into my life."

She said the attack had left her unable to trust men in public and vulnerable to anxiety episodes when she encounters someone who looks like him in the street.

“I am no longer trusting in relationships," she continued.

"I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to be in a relationship again. It’s affected my future outlook.

“I wanted to have a family but now I’m not sure. I want the defendant to know how he has affected me, in more ways than he probably thought he could.

“I do feel angry but I mostly feel sorry for him, I feel sorry that he had to resort to that to get what he wants. During the trial he tried to tarnish my reputation rather than showing remorse for his action.

“I’m even considering moving back to the family home to feel safe. I am fearful about being targeted”.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Iqbal-Wahid was convicted of administering a substance with intent and sexual assault.

The Manchester resident was jailed for six years.

He denied wrongdoing but Judge Tina Landale told him: “You took advantage of a young woman who you knew was searching to find a husband.

"You knew she was a Muslim and her chastity as a single woman was to be kept safe until she was married."

The judge said tea-total Iqbal-Wahid had planned the assault carefully, going out of his way to buy the drugs.

“Her social confidence has been affected, her independence is completely extinct as she is now considering giving up living independently and moving home to her family," Judge Landale continued.

"You have shown absolutely no remorse whatsoever. There was significant planning and prolonged detention, and this was aggravated by the dangerous drug, an illegal class A drug.

“You took steps to prevent her reporting the offence by keeping her in the car. You also concealed evidence by discarding the cup containing the hot chocolate and the drug residues. 

"You have lost your reputation, you will never be able to resume the career you have enjoyed. The sexual assault was a serious one."

Iqbal-Wahid was made subject of a five year restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the woman either directly or indirectly.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register.

His lawyer Rachel Shenton said he was not involved in any intimidation and denied it was a date rape incident.

She added: "This young man appears today as a completely broken individual. He has changed dramatically from how he appeared at the trial, he has lost a considerable amount of weight.

"Whatever sentence is imposed, his punishment far outweighs that which the court will impose.

“He has lost his career, he’ll never work in that field again. He will have to have CRB checks. He was very proud of his job, he wanted for nothing. He has lost his standing in the community.

''There have been reprisals in the community, his father and sister have had eggs thrown at the house.

"This has had a huge impact on a tight and devout community. He is now not interested in marriage. This has had a profound impact on his family.

“His father is 75, he is in poor health, he has had a triple heart bypass. He moved to Manchester to be the father of the family. His father is frail and he is devastated.  All the family has achieved has been lost.

“This was a moment of madness. His family and his girlfriend came to court to speak on his behalf. His girlfriend never found him to be inappropriate at all. His punishment will continue long after his release."

A relative of Iqbal-Wahid said he planned on appealing the conviction.

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