Judge blasts man who denied trying to rape woman despite being caught on CCTV

A judge blasted a man who denied trying to rape a woman as she slept on the sofa despite being caught on CCTV.

Ali-Yahya Horoun, 28, was jailed after launching his attack at an asylum refuge the victim and a friend were visiting last March.

She had fallen asleep on a sofa after she and two pals spent the afternoon drinking together, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Sentencing Judge Andrea Neild said: "The most startling feature, and I don’t believe I have seen before is that you were caught on CCTV.

"It really matters not what her state was, she was at that time incapable of giving any form of consent.

"The arrogance of this case is illustrated by the fact that you knew there was CCTV and yet you behaved in a way the jury found that you did."

She added: "The victim has put together a victim statement that could on itself be used to describe the sort of feelings almost every victim of an offence of this type expresses before the court."

CCTV from the refuge's communal area captured Horoun entering the room before going over to where the woman was sleeping, Manchester Evening News reports.

His trial heard that she had not met the defendant prior to the attack in an asylum refuge he was staying at in Rochdale.

Footage showed Horoun attempting to communicate with the victim whilst she lay motionless on the sofa, prosecutor Helena Williams told the court.

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"A short time later the defendant can be seen stroking her head," Ms Williams said.

"The defendant then positions himself on top of her.

"The footage goes on and he can be seen pulling at her leggings. She is not taking part in this.

"He pulled down her leggings and then pulled at her knickers. He can then be seen to put his hand into his trousers."

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The court heard that Horoun stopped after being disturbed by the victim's friend, who woke up and noticed what was happening.

Police were called to the address and Horoun was later arrested.

During a police interview he denied rape and said that the victim had been awake at the time.

Horoun was found guilty of an offence of attempted rape.

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Horoun, of Wycherley Road was jailed for six years and nine months and will be deported after serving half of his sentence.

The victim told the court that she had been living in a women's refuge at the time of the attack, after escaping an abusive relationship.

"I felt I would be better off dead," she said.

"One of the things that has affected me the most was that I was unconscious and woke up to find him on top of me and violating me."

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Horoun's defence barrister, Adam Roxborough said: "He knows that a significant custodial sentence will follow but the consequence of that will be deportation and the loss of contact with his three-year-old daughter."

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