Hastings sex offender loses appeal bid

Kemal Roma SUS-150316-143749001
Kemal Roma SUS-150316-143749001

A ‘sexual predator’ from Hastings who targeted multiple victims has lost an Appeal Court bid to clear his name.

Kemal Roma, 39, was jailed for 12 years at Lewes Crown Court on March 13.

He pleaded guilty to one count of assault by penetration and was convicted of rape, another assault by penetration and five counts of sexual assault.

The offences involved a total of six victims, Mrs Justice Patterson told London’s Appeal Court yesterday (October 6).

One woke to find Roma molesting her, while he threatened to hurt another unless she performed a sex act on him.

He tried to kiss two others, also touching their legs, and slapped one victim’s bottom several times.

Roma insisted one of the offences was consensual and the other incidents either did not happen or were not sexually motivated.

His lawyers argued his conviction was ‘unfair’ as the judge’s summing up of the case to the jury was ‘heavily skewed’ against him.

But Mrs Justice Patterson said all the evidence was ‘fairly before the jury’.

“In our judgment, there can be no substance in complaints made by Roma that the summing up was unfair,” she added.

“The renewed application against conviction therefore fails.”

Roma’s lawyers also argued his jail term was far ‘too harsh’.

But the judge said he had committed a ‘series of predatory offences’ and the sentence was ‘just and proportionate and could not be faulted’.

Mrs Justice Patterson, sitting with Lord Justice Davis and Mrs Justice Lang, dismissed both Roma’s appeals.

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