December 2019

Sex predator sentenced to 12 years

A man has been jailed for 12 years for a sex attack on a woman in Brighton.

Mamdouh Ramzi, 45, a delivery driver of Tillstone Street, Brighton, was sentenced on December 9 after being found guilty of false imprisonment and sexual assault.

In the early hours of May 17, he approached a woman who became separated from her friends on a night out in Brighton town centre and offered her a lift home.

She believed he was a taxi driver so got into the vehicle at the Old Steine.

Ramzi then drove his victim a long route away from her home address, stopping the vehicle at Stanmer Park where he sexually assaulted her.

The victim’s friends called 999 at 5.20am after becoming concerned for her welfare when she did not return home.

She returned home while they were on the phone to police after being dropped close to her address.

After being identified through CCTV and his vehicle registration, Ramzi was arrested by police on May 18 on suspicion of kidnap and sexual assault and subsequently charged.

Ramzi initially denied having anyone in his vehicle, later changing his story to claim he had a consensual sexual encounter with the victim.

He was found guilty of false imprisonment, sexual assault and sexual assault by penetration for which he will serve eight years in jail and a further four years on extended license.

Ramzi has been put on the sexual offenders register and was served an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.