A 35-year-old man, who was extradited from India final 12 months, 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 ladies, offences which occurred at areas throughout Walthamstow in north east London between March 2009 and May 2009.
In addition to 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 Old Bailey courtroom in London on Thursday. He will likely be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court in south London subsequent month.
“There has been a long wait for justice in this case but finally the victims and their families have seen the person responsible brought to account,” mentioned Detective Sergeant Shaleena Sheikh, the Metropolitan Police officer concerned with the case.
“Vyas did all he could to avoid responsibility for his crimes. He fled abroad and then added to the distress of those he hurt by making them go through the ordeal of a trial. However, the injuries Vyas inflicted told the true story of this violent criminal and the jury have seen right through his lies,” the detective mentioned.
“Although we had DNA from the scenes of his crimes, Vyas was not on the DNA database and was a complete stranger to his victims; to bring him to justice required an extraordinary investigation. This case lasted more than 10 years, needed enquiries in many different countries and finally a lengthy extradition process,” 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 that they had 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, but it surely was not till October 4, 2019, that Met Police officers 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 occasions extra more likely to have come from Vyas, slightly than from another particular person, the Met Police mentioned.
At the top of the trial this week, Vyas was additionally discovered not responsible of 1 rely of possession of a bladed weapon.
The courtroom heard how Vyas’ offending started when he was 24 years outdated. He would exit within the early hours of the morning on the lookout for lone ladies to focus on and lined a comparatively small space of Walthamstow for the aim.
The first incident concerned a girl, who was then aged 59, and was adopted as she walked again residence. As the lady returned to her flat Vyas pushed his means in and sexually assaulted her. The girl was taken to hospital the place docs famous bruising and swelling to her face and bleeding within the white of one in all her eyes.
As a results of forensic examination, partial DNA was recovered. A partial profile implies that not all DNA parts have been current to finish a full DNA profile. However, police might affirm 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 residence, earlier than she awoke with extreme accidents in hospital. The courtroom was instructed that the lady 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 were wicked and relentless and I am thankful that such violent predators are rare. To anyone who is the victim of sexual assault or violent crime, this case shows the determination of the Met to bring those responsible to justice,” mentioned Sheikh.
“The sheer scale of the investigation was also remarkable. There were extensive media appeals, and thousands of homes and businesses were contacted, in person or through leaflets.
“Thousands of males volunteered to help by voluntarily giving DNA. I want to personally prefer to thank all those that helped, it was by way of these in depth efforts that Vyas was lastly recognized and dropped at justice,” she added.
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