A man who attempted to rape a Mansfield woman in her own home before stealing her belongings has been sentenced to five years in prison today (Friday 30 January 2015).
Aziz Achab, 31, of Birding Street, Mansfield, met his victim on a night out in the early hours of Sunday 3rd August 2014.
As she left to get a taxi, Achab got into the taxi with her and followed her into her home. The victim initially consented to kissing Achab, who was found guilty of attempting to rape his victim when she refused his advances.
After the attack, during which Achab sustained scratches to his face and neck, he went upstairs and helped himself to his victim’s belongings.
While Achab was still in the property, the victim fled the property and reported the incident to a neighbour who called the police.
Officers arrived within minutes and arrested Achab nearby, where he was found with a quantity of costume jewellery, a mobile phone and its battery which were taken from the victim’s address. Three coats he had taken were found under a nearby vehicle.
Achab was sentenced on Friday 30 January after being convicted of attempted rape and theft unanimously by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday 23rd January. He was cleared of raping and sexually assaulting his victim.
He was sentenced to five years for attempted rape and three years for theft, to be served consecutively. He will also be required to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Temporary Detective Constable, Marc Revill, said: “Sexual offences are despicable crimes which often have terrifying and traumatic effects on victims that can last a lifetime.
“We hope this conviction sends a clear message that ‘no means no’ and that Nottinghamshire Police will treat all reports of sexual offences seriously and will do everything within its power to investigate each report.”