An obsessive serial sexual predator who targeted lone women after being repeatedly released on bail by police has been jailed for life. Liban Abdi, 28, was on bail for burglary when he sexually assaulted three women – including one in her 70s – on the same day.
He then raped a fourth woman after dragging her into a pub car park before being arrested by police again. But when they let him out on bail he went on to pounce on another woman as she opened the front door of her home.
Police fear unemployed Abdi could be responsible for many more attacks on women who have been too scared to come forward. Today, the career criminal was jailed for life and to serve a minimum of 12 years.
A judge said he clearly planned all the attacks. Judge Grace Amakye said: ‘I am satisfied that your offences are so serious that a sentence of life imprisonment is required and that is the sentence which I impose.’
Abdi, who has a goatee beard, pulled his red tracksuit top over his mouth and hung his shaved head in his hands as he heard the verdict. Snaresbrook Crown Court was told Abdi, born in Britain to Somali parents, was a prolific criminal with 13 convictions whose criminal career began when he was just 14.
In 2007 he was jailed for three years for wounding his own brother. He was jailed again in June 2011 and sentenced to 42 months’ for robbery.
His last conviction was in April last year for indecent exposure and shouting vile lewd and racist comments to a group of white women. Abdi carried out all the sex attacks while on bail for breaking into a woman’s bedroom as she slept and stealing an iPad.