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"
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