September 21, 2012
A rapist from Rochdale has been jailed for eight years and six months.
Shahid Raza, 44, from Mikstone, held his victim, 31, hostage at a flat before raping her in February.
A week later he used a Karabiner-like a knuckle duster to threaten the woman and her friend after spotting them walking in Maclure Road.
He grabbed her arm, but after a struggle she managed to pull away and later reported the incident to police.
Raza was arrested, with officers searching his home and seizing a knife.
He was found guilty of two counts of rape, common assault and possession of an offensive weapon at a previous hearing.
Raza was sentenced on Wednesday at Liverpool Crown Court.
He has also been ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for life.
DC Gerard Fisher said: “Raza knew his victim was vulnerable and thought he had a hold over her that allowed him to do whatever he wanted.