Gravesend couple among four convicted over Slovak woman’s sham marriage and sexual abuse

PUBLISHED: 10:14 16 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:14 16 December 2013

The victim, Suchy and Badar Ul Islam travel to an ATM before she is sold for £4,500.

The victim, Suchy and Badar Ul Islam travel to an ATM before she is sold for £4,500.


A Slovak woman was coerced into a sham marriage, following weeks of sexual abuse, by three people from Gravesend.

The trio, as well as a man from Walthamstow, were convicted at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday - and are set to be sentenced on Thursday at the same court.

Tibor Suchy, 28, of Abbey Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws - but was found not guilty of attempted rape.

He was also found guilty of conspiracy to traffick into and within the UK for exploitation.

Viktoria Sanova, 27, also of Abbey Road, was found not guilty of trafficking offences, but guilty of conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws - along with Rene Sana, 30, of Gravesend.

The victim, a 26-year-old Slovak woman, was unemployed and looking for work. She was living on the streets when two men approached her in a shopping centre, and asked if she would go to England and marry an Indian man.

She stayed at a flat for two weeks before another man drove her through Europe and brought her into the UK by ferry from Dunkirk. The booking reference for the ferry was traced back to Suchy.

After arriving, she was driven to an address in Abbey Road, where she was introduced to Suchy and his wife, Sanova, before being sold for a total of £4,500.

Muhammad Badar Ul Islam, 32, of Walthamstow, paid the money and, for six days, housed and raped the woman. In March, she was hospitalised by an injury caused by rape.

Hospital staff became concerned and Badar Ul Islam was arrested as he attempted to board a plane to Pakistan, from Heathrow Airport.

On Friday, he was found guilty of rape and trafficking within the UK.

Det Con McCormack, of the Human Trafficking Unit, said: “This has been a difficult and sensitive investigation into an horrific ordeal suffered by the victim. Human trafficking has a huge mental and physical effect on the victims and the affects can last many years.”

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