Crime

Former soldier from East Ham jailed 16 years for two rape attacks on young women

33 year old former soldier in the British Army Solomon Khoorban has been jailed for 16 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court for two rape attacks on young women in 2003.

Khoorban’s attacks were two months apart.

He was then a serving soldier in the Royal Artillery based at Woolwich barracks.

The first attack was on a 16-year-old girl at the Equinox nightclub in Leicester Square on 29th June twelve years ago.

Eight weeks later he attacked a 32 year old woman when she was returning home on grassland near Beaconsfield Road, Greenwich.

Khoorban from Bartle Avenue, E6, was identified in September 2014 in a review of the cases by the Met’s Specialist Crime and Operations Command.

Khoorban’s DNA matched samples taken from the victims.

He pleaded guilty to the charges.

The past catches up with Solomon Khoorban jailed for rape attacks committed when he was a 21 year old soldier. Image: Met Police

The past catches up with Solomon Khoorban jailed for rape attacks committed when he was a 21 year old soldier. Image: Met Police

Khoorban enlisted with the British Army in 2001 and became a gunner in the Royal Artillery’s 16th Regiment.

During his career he served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany before being dismissed in 2007 following allegations of drug-taking.

Both victims were at court today to observe his sentencing.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Matt Flynn praised the bravery of the two victims:

Both young women were subjected to horrific and gratuitous ordeals at the hands of a dangerous and predatory individual.

The devastating affect of these attacks on both women is indescribable. For the past 12 years they have had to get on with their lives knowing their attacker was still out there.

It is only due to their courage and fortitude that Khoorban was charged with these abhorrent and cowardly attacks. Without their support he would not have been brought to justice.

 

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