Trickster rapist jailed - Watford

31/10/2016

A man, who tricked a drunken woman into going back to his flat in Watford, was jailed today, Monday, 31 October 2016, for six years.

Ebou Jasseh, aged 33, came across the woman, who was a complete stranger, in Watford town centre after she had been ejected from a night club. He told her there was a party at his home and she went with him. When the young woman discovered there was no party, she left, but Jasseh persuaded her to return, St Albans Crown Court heard. He followed her into his bathroom, where the rape took place.

Michael Speak, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "A trick was used to get her to go back to his house and he exploited her drunkeness."

Jasseh of Sutton Road, Watford appeared for sentence having been convicted by a jury of raping the woman in the early hours of 21 July last year.

Anita Arora, defending, said Jasseh still maintains his innocence saying: "He has insisted throughout that he did not appreciate just how intoxicated she was. When he spoke to her, she made sense and did not slur her words."

Judge Stephen Warner told Jasseh: "You took advantage of a vulnerable young woman, who you had enticed into your home for your own gratification. You took advantage of her when she was, to a considerable extent, incapacitated."

In addition to the custodial sentence, Jasseh must register as a sex offender and a restraining order was made that he must not contact the woman unless a further court order is made.

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