April 2019

Sultan Mohammed jailed for eight years after raping Essex Uni student

A rapist who attacked a university student after trespassing into a block of student halls where she was asleep has been jailed for eight years.

Sultan Mohammed was convicted by a jury of one count of rape after a trial at Ipswich Crown Court last week.

Today Judge David Pugh sentenced him to eight years.

He was also handed a restraining order banning him from the university campus and contacting the victim.

Mohammed, 25, was prowling the University of Essex campus on October 3 when he entered a block of student halls via an unsecure door.

He then entered another security door which had been wedged open before trespassing into the room where the young woman was asleep.

The first the victim knew of him was when she awoke to find him having sex with her.

After leaving the building, Mohammed was spotted on CCTV trying to gain entry to several other buildings across the Colchester campus.

Police eventually searched his home address in Almond Way, Colchester, after discovering a handprint on a window on campus.

He was arrested and charged with rape.

Mohammed denied the offence but was convicted by a jury after less than an hour of deliberations on Friday.