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Eight years for Colchester man who raped student

CCTV footage showed Mohammed trying to get into other buildings on the night of the attack (Essex Police)

A man from Colchester has been sentenced to eight years in jail for raping a University of Essex student.

Sultan Mohammed, of Almond Way, entered the victim's room while she was sleeping in the early hours of the 3rd October.

The student had been on a night out as part of the university's fresher's week.

She woke up to find Mohammed on top of her, claiming to be a man named Michael she had met while out that night.

After pushing him off, the 25-year-old told the victim to "sort yourself out" and left her room. CCTV footage showed he had entered the building through an insecure door and another door which had been left open.

Speaking in court, the victim said the attack had seriously impacted her life.

She said: "I feel emotionally distant from people. I don't have any close friends as I feel awkward around others now.

"When I go out and have fun, it brings back memories of that night out and how it ended up so bad.

"I should be here enjoying myself and making new friends, but this has not happened."

A handprint left on a window at the campus, combined with the CCTV footage, pinned the crime on Mohammed. He was arrested and charged two days after the attack.

Surveillance cameras also showed Mohammed trying to get into other buildings on the campus that night.

Despite claiming that the sex was consensual, jurors at Ipswich Crown Court found him guilty within an hour of being asked to find a verdict.

DC Adam Tyhurst, the investigating officer at Essex Police, said: "This was a predatory attack on a woman whilst she slept in her room and it has understandably had a devastating effect on her life. 

"I'd like to commend her on the strength and courage she has shown throughout the investigation, standing strong to ensure Sultan Mohammed was held accountable for what he did.

"It was through the support of the victim and working alongside the University and the Crown Prosecution Service, that we were able to quickly find the person responsible for this awful crime and bring him to justice.

"I urge anyone who has been the victim of crime to make a report it to us so that we can investigate the crime.

"We treat all reports with the sensitivity and confidentially they require."

Mohammed was sentenced to eight years in jail earlier today (17th April).

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