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Man jailed for rape of woman in Brighton

News   •   Jun 13, 2019 18:28 BST

A man who raped a woman in Brighton has been jailed.

Mahad Hussein, 22, unemployed, of Copenhagen Place, Tower Hamlets, London, was found guilty of two counts of rape, and was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Thursday (June 13).

In the early hours of Tuesday, January 15 the victim, a 25-year-old woman, was walking along Ship Street when she was approached by Hussein, who she had met earlier on in the evening.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was then raped by Hussein. A delivery driver arrived at the scene, spotted the victim in distress, and provided support with a nearby security guard until police arrived.

Investigating officers quickly obtained CCTV from the area and Hussein was identified as the suspect.

Hussein was arrested on January 21 and charged with two counts of rape.

He was found guilty on both counts following a four-day trial and sentenced to 13-years in prison. He will be a registered sex offender for life.

At sentencing Judge David Rennie explained how Hussein would have almost certainly got away with this brutal rape if it wasn’t for the CCTV cameras in the area. He described Hussein as viewing the victim as a piece of meat and how he showed a lack of disregard for the victim, who made it perfectly clear she had no interest in sexual activity with him.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Jack Sagar said: “This was a fast-time investigation where time was of the essence. Our ability to view the CCTV at such a quick speed was vital to identifying and arresting Hussein.

“Hussein showed little remorse throughout the court process. His not guilty plea meant the victim had to relive the distressing actions of the night all over again.

“I would like to praise the bravery of the victim who came forward to disclose the traumatic ordeal she was subject to. She has been provided with support.

“No one should have to be a victim of this crime and we urge anyone who unfortunately has to get in contact with us.”

Author: Hannah Butt
Ref: SXP549/2019


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