A 35-year-old man, who was extradited from India final yr, has been discovered responsible of finishing up a string of rapes and homicide within the UK greater than a decade in the past.
Aman Vyas was convicted of the rape and homicide of Michelle Samaraweera and the rape of three different girls, offences which passed off at places throughout Walthamstow in north east London between March 2009 and Could 2009.
Along with being discovered responsible of murdering Samaraweera, Vyas was discovered responsible of 1 rely of part 18 grievous bodily hurt and 6 counts of rape on the finish of a trial on the Previous Bailey court docket in London on Thursday. He might be sentenced at Croydon Crown Courtroom in south London subsequent month.
“There was a protracted look forward to justice on this case however lastly the victims and their households have seen the particular person accountable dropped at account,” stated Detective Sergeant Shaleena Sheikh, the Metropolitan Police officer concerned with the case.
“Vyas did all he might to keep away from duty for his crimes. He fled overseas after which added to the misery of these he damage by making them undergo the ordeal of a trial. Nonetheless, the accidents Vyas inflicted advised the true story of this violent felony and the jury have seen proper via his lies,” the detective stated.
“Though we had DNA from the scenes of his crimes, Vyas was not on the DNA database and was a whole stranger to his victims; to carry him to justice required a rare investigation. This case lasted greater than 10 years, wanted enquiries in many various nations and at last a prolonged extradition course of,” she added.
A manhunt commenced to hint Vyas over 10 years in the past.
In 2011, police enquiries revealed at one stage that Vyas was in New Zealand, he then made his method to Singapore after which the path went chilly.
It was in July 2011, that UK police have been knowledgeable by Indian authorities that they’d arrested Vyas, an Indian nationwide, at New Delhi Airport in India as he tried to take an outbound flight.
Extradition proceedings commenced at the moment, however it was not till October 4, 2019, that Met Law enforcement officials escorted the defendant from Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi to London Heathrow that he was arrested and charged with the offences.
It then made it attainable to get a full DNA pattern from Vyas and the DNA findings have been 1 billion instances extra more likely to have come from Vyas, somewhat than from another particular person, the Met Police stated.
On the finish of the trial this week, Vyas was additionally discovered not responsible of 1 rely of possession of a bladed weapon.
The court docket heard how Vyas’ offending started when he was 24 years previous. He would exit within the early hours of the morning on the lookout for lone girls to focus on and lined a comparatively small space of Walthamstow for the aim.
The primary incident concerned a lady, who was then aged 59, and was adopted as she walked again dwelling. As the girl returned to her flat Vyas pushed his method in and sexually assaulted her. The girl was taken to hospital the place medical doctors famous bruising and swelling to her face and bleeding within the white of considered one of her eyes.
On account of forensic examination, partial DNA was recovered. A partial profile implies that not all DNA elements have been current to finish a full DNA profile. Nonetheless, police might verify that the one that carried out the offences was not on the DNA database.
The second assault concerned a 46-year-old girl out for a stroll and was additionally approached by Vyas who pulled out a knife and punched her within the face, raped her after which fled the scene. A forensic examination of the scene once more discovered solely a partial DNA pattern.
The third assault was on a 32-year-old girl, additionally strolling again dwelling, earlier than she awakened with extreme accidents in hospital. The court docket was advised that the girl was in hospital for greater than a month whereas her accidents have been handled.
The final assault culminated within the homicide of Samaraweera, a 35-year-old widow who lived alone. A autopsy examination revealed that she had been strangled and subjected to a sexual assault and as soon as once more a DNA pattern was retrieved.
“Vyas’ crimes have been depraved and relentless and I’m grateful that such violent predators are uncommon. To anybody who’s the sufferer of sexual assault or violent crime, this case reveals the dedication of the Met to carry these accountable to justice,” stated Sheikh.
“The sheer scale of the investigation was additionally outstanding. There have been intensive media appeals, and hundreds of properties and companies have been contacted, in particular person or via leaflets.
“1000’s of males volunteered to help by voluntarily giving DNA. I want to personally wish to thank all those that helped, it was via these intensive efforts that Vyas was lastly recognized and dropped at justice,” she added.
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