Restaurant Manager Shibbir Ahmed, 58, was today found guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault. Ahmed who was manager of the Tandoori Villa in Stanway was sentenced to a total of seven-and-a-half years and made subject of a ten year sexual harm prevention order.
A court heard he had met both victims because they went to the restaurant where he worked, enticing them with the promise of free booze or a job.
Ahmed was arrested in October 2016 and following an investigation he was charged with rape and three counts of sexual assault.
He denied the charges and stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
On Thursday 6th December he was found guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault. He was found not guilty of one count of sexual assault.
Speaking after the hearing, investigating officer DC Tracey Scorah, said: “I would like to thank the victims, who have shown great strength and courage in coming forward and have supported our investigation all the way through to the conclusion of the court process.
“Ahmed denied his guilt, forcing them to give evidence in court while standing in front of the predatory individual who had abused them both.
“They welcomed today’s sentence, which reflects the risk Ahmed posed.”