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Bolton man jailed for ice-cream van rape

Javid Iqbal
Javid Iqbal threw his victim out of his ice cream van after raping her

A Bolton man who raped a 22-year-old woman in the back of his ice-cream van has been jailed for five years.

Javid Iqbal, of Bury New Road, was convicted of rape and possessing false documents at Bolton Crown Court.

The 43-year-old illegal immigrant from Pakistan, who carried out the rape in May 2006, was also served with a deportation order.

He was caught after officers stopped his ice-cream van as part of an inquiry into unlicensed street traders.

The victim had been walking towards Bolton when she came across Iqbal on 23 May 2006.

She got into his ice-cream van and he drove to Alders Lane where he raped her before throwing her out and driving off.

Police were called and detectives were able to get a DNA profile of the attacker from the victim.

Iqbal continued to parade around the town as if he had done nothing wrong
Det Con O'Reilly

Three months later she spotted the ice-cream van in the Tonge Moor area of the town and she handed the vehicle registration to police.

Nearly three years later, in June 2009, police officers stopped an ice-cream van on Derby Street, Bolton, by chance as part of an operation targeting unlicensed street traders.

Iqbal was arrested and subsequently charged.

Det Con Declan O'Reilly, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Iqbal continued to parade around the town as if he had done nothing wrong.

"It must have been galling for the victim to see him a second time going about his business, but thankfully she was able to make a note of his registration which was key to us identifying Iqbal."

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