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WRONG'UN | Mother of UK serial rapist convicted of harassing her son’s victims

A serial rapist’s mum has been convicted of harassing her son’s female victims for giving evidence against her boy in the UK.

Tracey Hoque was found loitering in shopping centres where she would shout obscenities at the sexual assault victims of Darren Sysum (29). The convicted rapist was found guilty of five rapes and other offences of sexual and physical assault on women as well as using controlling and coercive behaviour, which occurred in 2021. Now his mum, Tracey Hoque (49) of Matson Avenue, Gloucester, has been sentenced to an 18-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work for harassing and assaulting the innocent women her son attacked. Sysum was also convicted of distributing indecent images and repeatedly breaching a restraining order. When Sysum was sentenced last year to 20 years imprisonment, Judge Ian Lawrie KC said he represented a danger to women. “You targeted vulnerable women with the clear purpose to control and manipulate,” the judge said. “You forced yourself sexually on these women, whether in direct acts of rape or violently pushing beyond, in some instances an initial consent to sex, to commit the rape.

“You justify the use of violence during sex, stating that you are known for liking "rough sex" so your partners would have an expectation of this.

“You physically intimidate your partners, persuading them to comply with your desires. You demonstrated a complete disregard for sexual consent often stating that partners had previously allowed and appeared to enjoy anal and violent sex with you.”

Prosecutors told a UK court this week that Hoque had attended her son’s trial and was present in the public gallery for the most part.

After one of the victims gave her evidence against the evil brute, she received social media messages about the sale of a household appliance on social media.

Hoque had contacted the woman to try and purchase a fridge she was selling within 8 minutes of the victim leaving court.

“The witness was immediately very frightened. This was plainly no coincidence. She felt sure that the message was not about a fridge, it was because the defendant wanted her to know that she was around and present and that she was someone who was going to have some influence in her life,” the prosecutor stated.

The next day in court, Hoque continued her campaign of intimidation against the victim.

“At one stage the court rose for a short break and as the lady turned to leave the witness box she looked up and saw Hoque standing at the front of the public gallery leaning over the railings and staring aggressively at her. “She was terrified by this,” the prosecutor added. Hoque was arrested but this did not prevent her trying to contact another of her son’s injured parties. The second of Hoque’s victims was a woman who had also given evidence against Sysum for which he was convicted of offences against. The lady was in a shop in Gloucester when she saw Hoque hovering around in the crisps and snacks aisle. “I will be seeing you,” Hoque apparently said. This was followed by: “You’re going to get yours, you f***ing c**t.” Prosecutors gave further details on the incident; “Hoque shouted at the woman, repeating the same threat, as the victim walked away. “When the victim got home she immediately phoned the police and then sat and cried, feeling embarrassed and vulnerable.” “Both victims gave statements to the court and they were read by the judge but not revealed publicly.” Hoque’s lawyers tried to offer up a defence of stress from her family members trial. “There must have been some anxiety crossover and she was distressed about her son’s trial and this was evident during the court proceedings. “Since her arrest she has been terrified of causing any further offences. She has been living a solitary lifestyle while this has been hanging over her head,” the defendant said. Hoque was slapped with a restraining order for half a decade on top of her 150 hours community service and court costs.

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