CPS statement on the sentencing of Farirai Shereni
Farirai Shereni, 26, was given a sentence of 13 years' imprisonment today (Friday 17 January) after being convicted of raping a woman while she was on her way to work in Birmingham city centre.
Shereni was also given an extended licence of five years as he was assessed as 'dangerous' by the judge and will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
The victim had been dropped off in the city centre by her boyfriend when, within moments, she was approached by Shereni who had been loitering in the street. Shereni proceeded to subject the victim to a serious sexual assault.
Following a three-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court last year on 19 September, Shereni, of no fixed address, was found guilty of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
Tamina Greaves, for the CPS, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victim in this case who has shown immense courage in helping to bring her attacker to justice. This incident has had a devastating impact on her life and she has had to leave her job and relocate to another city.
“I would also like to commend the police and the prosecution team for their hard work and dedication in bringing this predatory offender to justice. Shereni has today been sentenced to a lengthy period of imprisonment and the public is all the more safe now that he is off the streets and unable to commit further offences.”
Notes to editors
- Farirai Andrew SHERENI (DOB: 20 Oct 1993) is of no fixed address.
- Count 1 - ASSAULT BY PENETRATION, contrary to section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 - four years
- Count 2 - RAPE, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 - 13 years concurrent
- Count 3 - RAPE, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 - 13 years concurrent
- Tamina Greaves is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit.