Woman sobs as courtroom delivers 28 month sentence on her sex attacker

Preston Crown Court.  PIC BY ROB LOCK

Preston Crown Court. PIC BY ROB LOCK

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A sex attacker has been jailed for 28 months after forcing himself on a woman in her own bed in Preston.

Kerdine Ahmedi, 46, knew the woman was drunk and feeling unwell when he got into bed with her at her home in Ribbleton.

The woman’s boyfriend had passed out at the kitchen table, after drinking vodka which he feared may have been spiked.

Throughout the sentence hearing at Preston Crown Court, the woman - who can not be named for legal reasons - sobbed in the public gallery.

The court heard she and her boyfriend had been drinking at home with a friend when Ahmedi arrived unannounced.

They allowed him to stay but as the alcohol flowed the woman started feeling sick and emotional and took herself to bed.

She woke to feel a man behind her but when she realised it was not her boyfriend she tried to get away, as Ahmedi made sexual comments to her.

As she tried to get out of bed, Ahmedi put his arm around her waist and attacked her.

Unable to wake her boyfriend, the woman went to a friend’s house and told her she had been assaulted.

She reported the attack the following day and Ahmedi, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

In a victim personal statement, the woman said she felt horrible as a result of the attack and had pushed her boyfriend away since it had happened.

She no longer felt safe in her own bed and the couple are trying to move to a new home.

The Honorary Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, sentencing, said: “She made it clear at the very start that she wasn’t interested and wanted you to stop 
immediately.

“However you continued.

“That must have been a very frightening and distressing experience for her.

“She was very vulnerable as she had had a lot to drink at the time.

“You were an invited guest in that you had not been invited to the party but had been allowed to remain after you arrived.

“The offence took place in her bedroom, a place she would have expected to feel safe and secure.”

The court heard Ahmedi has a previous conviction for indecent exposure and has breached a sexual offences prevention order on five separate occasions since it was made in 2011.

Judge Brown said: “Your victim is present in court.

“She is obviously extremely distressed by what occurred to her.

“You can see that distress yourself.”

He jailed the defendant and made him subject to notification requirements for 10 years.