Hackney rapist finally brought to justice 15 years after series of 'horrific' attacks

Jailed: Kurt Forbes (Met)
Jailed: Kurt Forbes (Met)

A rapist has been jailed for a series of “horrific” attacks on a man in east London 15 years ago.

Kurt Forbes, 39, was brought to justice by a specialist team after the victim came forward more than a decade after he was repeatedly raped.

He was found guilty by a jury of three counts of rape and one attempted rape at Wood Green Crown Court in February. He was sentenced to 11 years at the same court on Wednesday.

The offences, against a person known to him, took place in Hackney between 1998 and 2006. Forbes was tracked down in Ilford after a police manhunt.

Detective Constable Thomas Millard, who led the investigation, said: “The victim in this case has shown extreme bravery, not only by coming forward to police but in providing extensive evidence at court which left the jury in no doubt as to Forbes’ guilt.

“Despite the time passed since the offences took place, our team worked tirelessly to gather the evidence which proved Forbes had committed these horrific crimes.

“We hope this demonstrates to any other victims that whenever sexual offences are reported to us, however long ago they took place, we will take them extremely seriously.”

In July 2022, a man came forward to police to report that he had been raped on four occasions by a man known to him.

Officers took a video recorded statement, and provided the victim with specialist support including a referral to an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate.