A Blackburn man raped a woman told her “it’ll be over in a few minutes" when she pleaded with him to stop.

On February 2, 2020, Asim Hussain went to the victim’s flat in Blackburn and forced himself upon her, saying: "It’ll be over in a few minutes. I really like you. It’s OK.”

Hussain, 36, messaged his victim the following day during which he apologised for what he had done.

He was arrested and denied any wrongdoing, giving an account which contradicted the evidence against him.

Hussain, of Queens Park Road, Blackburn, was later charged and convicted of rape.

He appeared at Preston Crown Court on Friday, May 17, where he was jailed for six years and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

DC Vicky Heys, of Blackburn CID, said: “Hussain carried out this repugnant attack in the victim’s own home, a place where she was entitled to feel safe.

"He then concocted a web of lies in a bid to undermine the victim’s truthful account and distance himself from any wrongdoing.

“I would like to place on record my admiration for the bravery the victim has shown throughout this process, given the profound and ongoing impact Hussain’s sexual attack has had on her.

“I hope the outcome of this case will encourage other victims to come forward, knowing they will be believed, listened to and that we will do everything in our power to put the perpetrator before the courts.”