A series of violent sexual assaults among predominantly young victims has taken place in Aylesbury town, Buckinghamshire.
A doctor from Eleanor Gardens in Aylesbury has been found guilty of sexually assaulting young women in two Buckinghamshire hospitals.
Dr. Salman Qureshi assaulted his victims between 2005 and 2018 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, and Wycombe General Hospital, High Wycombe. He was charged on 3 September 2019.
The 43-year-old was convicted on October 31, following a unanimous guilty verdict from the jury in Aylesbury Crown Court. He was found guilty of two counts of penetrative assault on two girls aged over thirteen.[ Bucks Free Press]
Detective Constable Collette Parker, the investigating officer for the case, said, “Qureshi used his trusted position as a Doctor to assault two young women who were in his care. We hope this conviction shows that victims of sexual assault can report historical incidents and we will investigate them.” [Bucks Radio]
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said in a statement published by the BBC that "The safety of our staff and patients is our number one priority. We take all allegations of sexual assault extremely seriously. We gave our full co-operation to the police throughout their investigation of Dr Qureshi. Today our thoughts are with those affected by his actions."
This is the latest in a series of incidences relating to sexual assault that Aylesbury authorities have responded to in the past three months.
Police arrested a 44-year-old man, who cannot be named, on October 28 in connection with the sexual assault of a teenage girl and an incident of indecent exposure in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. [Thames Valley Police]
The individual approached the young woman on Stoke Road on Friday, September 29 at around 20:30 as she was leaving a newsagent store. [Bucks Free Press]
The man under investigation was a regular customer at the corner shop where the incident took place and seemed pleasant, according to the shopkeeper. The owner of a grocery next to where the incident occurred said he saw the teenager go into the local shop with three of her friends.
The suspect pulled the girl into an alleyway, dragging her along the side of a road by her arm and forcing her on her knees demanding that she perform sexual acts.
Police said members of the public and the girl’s friends had helped her escape as the man ran away towards the town centre. The victim was not known to the suspect and no one sustained any injuries from the attack.
Detectives believe the same man was seen two weeks later on October 11 at 17:00 exposing himself to children near Lee Road. The suspect has since been released on bail and is due to appear in court on January 28 next year.
A woman was assaulted back in October 2 by a man pretending to be unconscious in Vale Park. The female, according to the news outlet Bucks Herald, saw a man she had presumed was unconscious lying on a bench.
When the woman approached to aid him, the man awoke and dragged her to a tree, pinned her down, and started inappropriately touching her. A member of the public came to help and the offender ran towards the high street.
Thames Valley Police have released an e-fit image of the man under investigation. The suspect is believed to be a 40-year-old Asian or Arabic man, medium build, bearded, over six foot, wearing a leather jacket and a black beanie hat. Thames Valley Police are asking for any information as to the whereabouts of the suspect. [Oxford Mail] [Metro][Independent]
Detective Sergeant Simon Nelmes, based at Aylesbury police station, said, “I understand this sexual assault may cause some concern but please be assured we are investigating it as a priority.”
Towards the end of August, a man from Aylesbury was given an 11-year prison sentence after being convicted of nine counts of child sexual abuse.
Mike Martin was charged in St Albans Crown Court on August 31 with having groomed two vulnerable teenage girls in Dacorum in 2012. Along with his prison sentence, Martin will be put on the sexual offenders register for life and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. [Bucks Herald] [The Comet]
"This was a complex and protracted investigation, with both victims being supported by specialist officers from our HALO team and we commend them for their bravery in agreeing to take part in the investigation,” Detective Constable Vicky Draper told the Watford Observer.
She added, “Perpetrators like Mike Martin pray on vulnerable girls, befriending them when they need help and support and then abusing the trust they have built up with them, to take advantage of them sexually.”
“Anyone who has been a victim of child abuse, or thinks a child is being abused, should contact police immediately and a report can be made in confidence.”
A Thames Valley police officer from Aylesbury has also been given a six-year prison sentence after it was discovered he raped a 13-year-old child. The former Aylesbury officer Luke Christopher Horner, 24, was sentenced to six years and four months on October 6. [Bucks Herald]
The incident took place whilst Horner was off duty in Rushden North Hamptonshire on June 11. [Oxford Mail]
According to Northamptonshire Police, Horner had been in contact with the child a month before she turned thirteen, and recorded himself having sex with her.
“How can I sleep at night knowing what he did? How can he? How did he go into work, put on his uniform and face his colleagues knowing he had broken the law? I feel sick to my stomach every time I think about it,” said the relative of the victim, reading out a personal statement in court during Horner’s sentencing.
Speaking to reporters after Horner pleaded guilty, Deputy Chief Constable Ben Snuggs from Aylesbury police said, “We are all appalled by Luke Horner’s crimes, and our thoughts are with the young woman who has been affected and her family.”
“The bar at which standards are set in policing is rightly high. Anyone who falls below those standards in this way betrays the public’s trust and confidence in policing and the values of the profession as a whole. I welcome his admission of guilt and resignation from the force.”
North Hamptonshire Police’s lead detective sergeant and investigator, Sarah Osborne, added, “First of all, I want to thank the family of the young girl in this case who put their trust in us to investigate it and bring Luke Horner to justice.”
“Cases of child sexual exploitation are always abhorrent but the fact that Luke Christopher Horner was a serving Thames Valley police officer, in a position of trust, makes this case all the more shocking.”
“He is a disgrace to the uniform, and I am glad that he will now go to prison and never be allowed to call himself a police officer ever again.”
“Finally, I would like to thank Thames Valley Police for their support and assistance with our investigation.”
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