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Man jailed for multiple sex offences

Kujtin Rexha, who has been jailed for sex offences against a 17 year old girl Credit: Essex Police

A man is today starting an 11 year prison sentence after he was found guilty of three counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

Kujtin Rexha, 43, of Jeffreys Road, Braintree, denied the charges during the six day trial, which was held at Chelmsford Crown Court. The jury reached a unanimous verdict after eight hours of deliberation.

The court heard that Rexha was arrested in May following an investigation into offences at a car wash in Colchester Road, Little Bentley.

His victim, who is from Romania and was 17 at the time of the offences, was made to sleep in his caravan against her will. Her ordeal lasted two and half months.

Rexha was found guilty of two single counts of rape, plus one count of rape which took place over the two and half month time period, and two counts of sexual assault.

Essex Police raided the car wash after the victim contacted police to say she was being held against her will.

Detective Inspector Leighton Hammett, who led the investigation, said:

"I would like to thank the victim for her bravery in coming forward to report what was happening to her.

She was a vulnerable young woman who had come from to a foreign country and was made to perform sexual acts against her will"

– Det Insp Leighton Hammett, Essex Police


Police release CCTV images following Essex burglary

Police want to talk to these three men. Credit: Essex Police

Police investigating a burglary in an Essex village have released CCTV images of three men they want to talk to.

It's after a house in the Tye Green area of Cressing near Braintree was raided back on July 23.

The thieves stole a laptop and a PlayStation amongst other things.

Officers are keen to trace three men who were seen boarding a train from Braintree to London Liverpool Street later that day.


Braintree death "not suspicious"

Essex Police say the death of a man at a house in Braintree is not being treated as suspicious. Police and fire fighters were called to the property in Tideswell Close around 9.30pm on Sunday. They found a man in his 20s had died.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

– Essex Police

Essex: One person dies in 'chemical incident' in Braintree

Essex Police HQ. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One person has died in what emergency services say is a 'chemical incident' in Essex.

Police were called to the address in Braintree late last night after reports of a strong toxic smell.

When rescue teams got inside they found a body.

A investigation's now underway.

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