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Tube bomb woman raped hours later
A man who raped and tried to strangle his fiancee hours after she escaped the King's Cross Tube blast, has been jailed for at least four years.

The 37-year-old electrician, who cannot be named, told London's Harrow Crown Court he had drunk 25 pints while worrying about his fiancee's safety.

But when she returned to her flat in south-east London, he said: "You were lucky then but now you must die."

He admitted rape, trying to strangle her and threats to kill in July.

The woman, who had been engaged for only a few weeks, had been on an underground train just minutes before the bomb went off at King's Cross on the morning of 7 July, the court heard.

'Loved work too much'

Like many Londoners, she left work early to make her way home on foot, arriving home hours later exhausted and feeling unwell.

Her fiance visited her flat later that evening drunk and accusing her of loving her work more than him.

He knocked her to the floor before kicking and hitting her in the head until she lost consciousness.

"You don't love me the way I do you. Prepare to die," he told her.

The fact that members of the religion he followed very devotedly had turned on Britain was also something that had upset him enormously
Kathy Hurst, defence barrister

Unable to push him off, he then raped her and tried to strangle her.

In court, the man's barrister said he would plead guilty to spare the woman he had planned to marry the following month from the ordeal of giving evidence.

Kathy Hurst, defending, also said on the day of the bombings the man, who converted to Islam years earlier, was frantic with worry and began drinking to cope with his fears.

She added: "The fact that members of the religion he followed very devotedly had turned on Britain was also something that had upset him enormously."

Judge Roger Sanders told the defendant he had narrowly escaped life imprisonment but imposed an "indeterminate" sentence, recommending he serve a minimum of four years.




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