The brutal Drypool Bridge rapist who targeted a vulnerable woman as she walked down the street in the early hours has been jailed for 10 years after being branded a ‘callous’ and ‘selfish’ sexual predator.
Take-out worker Tamer Eren had Viagra tablets with him and he was hanging out in pubs and clubs in Hull town center waiting for a vulnerable victim. He then made up a ‘ridiculous and insulting story’ that the 36-year-old blackmailed him and he claimed the sex was consensual, Hull Crown Court heard.
Eren, 42, of Great Thornton Street, Hull, denied raping the September 19 woman but was convicted by a jury after a trial in March. The sentence had been adjourned for a report of dangerousness on him.
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Judge Sophie McKone told Eren: “You were hanging out in bars and clubs in downtown Hull waiting for a victim. It involved a lot of planning on your part. You cycled into town. You had tablets of Viagra with you. You were hanging out in the city center for at least 50 minutes.
“It was no accident that you were hanging out in bars and clubs waiting for a vulnerable woman whom you could rape. It was far from an opportunistic offence. You were a well-planned predator.”
The woman had gone out with her sister and her friends. “As was her right, she had been drinking,” Judge McKone said. “She separated from her sister and she started walking home to catch up with her.
“It was obvious from seeing the CCTV, and it must have been for you, that she had difficulty walking and was intoxicated and that’s why you singled her out because she was vulnerable. because she was alone and drunk. You engaged her in conversation and cynically tricked passers-by into thinking you were a couple by taking her hand, you were actually holding her wrist.
“You pushed her into a secluded area on the side of the Drypool Bridge where you pulled her clothes down. She couldn’t have made it more obvious that she didn’t want sex with you. She told you at repeatedly “No” and tried to pull her in. You ignored what she wanted and you raped her.
“You denied any knowledge of having met her to the police, even in the face of DNA evidence.” Eren then changed his story and claimed the sex was consensual. “You made up a ridiculous and insulting story that she blackmailed you,” Judge McKone said.
“Your violent and selfish act changed her. She feels like she was stabbed in the heart. She went from a happy person to someone who wanted to kill herself. She can’t trust anyone and feels like She can’t eat or sleep well and has panic attacks.
“She had counseling and her prescription of anti-depressants had to be increased. She blames herself for what happened. Obviously, she is not to blame at all.
“It is clear from your actions before and after the rape that you have complete disregard for women and no remorse for your actions. Indeed, you sought to blame her. You chose not to take responsibility for your actions You have planned your attack and chosen your victim carefully.You are a sexual predator.
“Despite your lack of prior convictions, I have no hesitation in concluding that you are dangerous. You pose a significant risk of serious harm to the public, especially women.”
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, said the woman was “drunk and under the influence of alcohol” at the time. She had felt empty following the rape. She had become a “cuddly, smiling person” to blame herself for what had happened. But, with the support of her family and the Blue Door sexual violence team, she felt her life was improving, even though what happened would stay with her and change her. for ever.
“Life had become a struggle, a struggle to get out of bed to go to work,” Mr Evans said. The woman had simply wanted to sleep to try to block out the pain, but the feeling was that she was still living a nightmare. She had suffered from panic attacks and felt numb.
“She can only feel like it would be better if she weren’t alive, but she has two boys who need their mother and she’s determined to carry on, even if it’s for them.” , Mr. Evans said.
“Her sons supported her after the trial, and with their support and the counseling sessions she attended, she is now determined to rebuild her life. She still suffers from trouble sleeping and an inability to relax when ‘she’s in her own business.
The woman had said, “I’m still mad at myself.” I know it’s not my fault. In relation to the court, I could not settle. It was all up in the air and I thought he would plead guilty but he didn’t. I thought about cross-examination and appearing in court and I didn’t know if I could be strong enough. I have now testified and had to listen to the lies.
The trial heard police found the woman leaning against a wall and later sitting near some bushes shortly after 2:20 a.m. She was scared and told them: “I have just been raped.
She had previously dated in downtown Hull with her sister, but they separated. She believed she spoke to Eren after walking along Alfred Gelder Street and asking him if he had a lighter for a cigarette.
Eren had a bike with him and started walking with the woman but she told him she didn’t want him to anymore.
He pushed her, and as they walked along the Drypool Bridge, he pushed her down some stairs and raped her. The woman remembers yelling at him to stop and saying, “No, no, no.”
Mitigating Michele Stuart-Lofthouse claimed that Eren was acting more opportunistically than planned, despite having Viagra pills in his pocket. She claimed he did not pose a significant risk to the public in the future.
Eren had a network of friends and worked, did “menial” work at a take-out restaurant. “There is no indication, certainly, that he had any drug or alcohol problems in the past,” Miss Stuart-Lofthouse said.
Eren will be on an extended license for two years after his release from prison. He was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and given an indefinite restraining order. He was likely facing automatic deportation because of the prison sentence, the court heard.
After the hearing, Mr Evans, in a statement to the Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘It was a terrifying attack on a lone woman in the early hours of the morning. A normal, happy evening with friends and family ended in a deeply traumatic way.
“Tamer Eren deliberately and carefully targeted the victim and then, under the pretext of helping him, violently attacked him. During a police interview, Eren initially denied having had sex with the victim. , despite the presentation of forensic evidence, he later changed his story and attempted to claim that the sex was consensual.
“This man has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is a grave danger to women. Thanks to the commendable courage of the victim who immediately reported the attack and helped the police and prosecutors build a solid case to present to the jury, he faces a long prison sentence Our thoughts remain with the victim, as they always have.