A MAN has been jailed for 11 years after being convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at his flat.
Delshad Mohammed, 25, of Stanley Road, was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday (May 8).
The court heard the rape happeened in June 2011.
Investigations during the summer of that year led to Mohammed’s arrest but he denied the incident and claimed he had never met the victim.
Feeling pressured, the victim withdrew her complaint.
But in March 2012 she approached police again to renew her allegation after deciding it was the right thing to do. This led to Mohammed being re-arrested in May 2012 on the basis of new evidence. He was forensically linked to the attack and in June 2013, following a protracted investigation, he was formally charged with the rape.
Mohammed continued to deny the offence. He later admitted that he had been with the victim but claimed the encounter had been consensual. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison by Judge Michael Lawson QC.
Chief inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings district police commander, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the young woman for her courage in coming forward and for pursuing the complaint.
“I would also like to commend the officers involved in investigating this case for their diligence in securing justice for the victim. We will always make thorough enquiries into any allegation of crime brought to our attention. We would encourage anyone to have confidence in contacting the police whatever their concerns.”
If you have any concerns you would like to raise with Sussex Police call 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.