Tuesday, November 6, 2012

An Eritrean man jailed for prostitute rape

The court heard Haile, who came to the UK from Eritrea in 2006, approached the prostitute at about 5.45am on March 2 last year and asked for business but she was not interested. He returned later and again approached her, brandishing £20. She accompanied him to an alley, then along North Road to a point where there was a gap in the fence. Haile then produced £10 which was not acceptable to the sex worker so she turned to walk away. But he grabbed her and pushed her to the ground. Prosecutor Peter Cooper said: "She struggled with him and shouted for help. "He subdued her by punching her. He then raped her. The woman continued struggling and screaming. "He tried to shut her up by putting his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams." After a few minutes, the defendant left. The prostitute went to a friend's house and called the police. She was dishevelled, with mud smeared on her cheek. She was examined by a police surgeon, swabs were taken and her clothes were sent away for forensic examination. The court heard Haile's DNA was found on the swabs and the clothing. He was arrested on May 31 and told police he had never had sex with a prostitute. Haile denied raping the woman, but told the jury she consented to sex. He said he did not tell the truth in his police interview because him having sex with a prostitute would reflect badly on him among the Eritrean community in Stoke-on-Trent. He said he is married and a follower of the Pentecostal faith, and having sex with a prostitute would not be considered acceptable in his community. But the jury returned a guilty verdict. The court heard Haile faced another allegation of raping another city prostitute but she did not turn up to give evidence. He was found not guilty of that offence after no evidence was offered by the Crown Prosecution Service. Judge Paul Glenn told Haile: "I am satisfied you targeted your victim. "You decided you were going to have sex with her and you weren't going to pay for it. You knew full well she was a prostitute. She was vulnerable."You forcibly detained her, made sure she was silent and you raped her."You used her to satisfy your lust."Time spent on remand – 252 days – will count towards Haile's sentence. He will be on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.  Source ( Staffordshire )

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