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Sick Scots shopkeeper jailed for raping vulnerable woman in back room of store


A married shopkeeper who raped a vulnerable customer in the back office of his store was jailed for seven years yesterday.

Shamas Pervaiz, 52, preyed on the woman who was half his age and quizzed her about breast implants before carrying out the sex attack.

Pervaiz denied raping the woman but was unable to explain why her DNA was found on the sofa in the grubby back room where the attack took place.

At the High Court in Dundee, Lord Weir said: “You were found guilty after trial of two serious sexual offences committed against a vulnerable female who was not in a position to give consent to the acts the jury was satisfied you committed.

“You do not accept the verdict of the jury on both rape convictions. Her impact statement is eloquent of the impact your conduct has had upon her.”

Jurors at the High Court in Glasgow previously found Pervaiz guilty of raping the woman at Shop Smart grocery in Glasgow’s Ruchill between June 2015 and June 2016.

Forensic evidence on a couch linked the predator to the attacks – but he claimed that was where he and his wife had previously tried for a baby.

The victim, who cannot be identified, was classed as vulnerable due to a serious accident as a child and Pervaiz was found guilty of two rape charges after trial.

Her evidence was relayed to the jury via a police statement which she gave to officers in the wake of her ordeal.

The sex attacks occurred in a back room described as “grubby” and “unclean”.

The victim recalled Pervaiz’s “hairy legs” and seeing customers on the CCTV waiting at the counter as her attacker took advantage of her.

She repeatedly asked him to stop – but at one stage he stated: “Two minutes”.

Pervaiz – who lives in a large house in the city’s Crookston – gave evidence during the trial.

He denied telling the victim she was “pretty” or asking if she had breast implants.

Pervaiz claimed the woman shopped in his store, but was “not a regular customer”.

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His advocate, Louise Arrol, put to him: “The jury has heard serious allegations being made by the woman. Are you lying?”

Pervaiz: “Why would I lie? I have not done anything wrong.”

Pervaiz could not explain why the woman’s DNA was found on his sofa. He insisted any similar evidence linking him to the couch was because he and his wife previously had sex on it.

Prosecutor David Dickson had urged jurors to believe the woman including her “accurate” description of the dirty back room.

He added in his closing speech: “Is it credible that she made all this up?”

The court was told Pervaiz had run the store since 2008, but has since left and latterly owned a clothes shop.

Lord Weir told Pervaiz: “You have been convicted of two serious offences against the same woman at your business premises.”

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