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Rapist threatened to stab victim

Berhe Berhane thanked victim and threatened to kill her if she told anyone of ordeal Credit: Kent Police

A rapist who subjected his victim to a terrifying knifepoint ordeal and threatened to kill her if she told anyone has been jailed for 13 years.

Berhe Berhane, 22, from Willesborough in Ashford was sentenced to 16 years in total; 13 years in prison and a further three on licence, when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday 24 November. He was found guilty of carrying out four charges of rape in Canterbury by a jury on Wednesday 15 October.

On one occasion in July 2012 he first tried to attack her after they had been out for the evening where he pushed her to the ground and tried to get on top of her, but she escaped.

Then in April 2014 she was staying at her boyfriend’s house and was woken by the noise the other housemates were making. Berhane then came into her room with a knife. He told the victim he was going to stab her if she didn’t do what he asked. He then forced her toperform a sex act on him and then forced her to have sex with him twice. He even told her she wasn’t showing enough enthusiasm.

After he had finished he got up and thanked his victim, threatened to kill her if she told anyone, and then walked out of the room. The victim said she felt scared to tell anyone in case he carried out his threat then got dressed and went to work. The victim did confide in a friend and reported the attacks. Berhane was arrested by Kent Police and charged on 21 April 2014.

This man subjected the victim to a terrifying ordeal and made threats to her life should she tell anyone. So I commend her bravery incoming forward and reporting what had happened to her. We would alwaysencourage victims to come forward. And now Berhane is locked away and unable to cause any more harm.

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Brigitte Collard


Southampton FC midfielder has home burgled

Victor Wanyama had home burgled when he was playing at away game on Monday evening Credit: Press Association

The home of a Premier League footballer has been burgled while he was away with his club for a match. Thieves broke into the home of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama when his club was away for the game at Aston Villa on Monday night. When he returned he found his Range Rover Sport, electrical items and jewellery had been stolen from his home in Winchester. The vehicle was later found in Iver, Buckinghamshire.

Officers are currently investigating a burglary at a house in the St Cross area of Winchester. Entry was forced to thehome between 8.30am on November 23 and 2.15am on November 25. Items of electrical property and jewellery were stolen from the address along with the keys to a Range Rover Sport which was then stolen from the driveway. The car was located during the early hours of Tuesday November 25 in Iver, Buckinghamshire, and has been recovered. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Priority Crime team at Winchester police station by calling 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppersanonymously on 0800 555111

– Hampshire Police spokesman

Man denied attack but later convicted of rape

Ross Gee sentenced to 11 years in prison for rape Credit: Kent Police

A man who raped a woman in her home after hitting her head repeatedly against a wall has been jailed for 11 years.

Ross Gee, 27, from Northfleet, also threw a mobile telephone at his victim’s face and threatened her with a knife, on Thursday10 April 2014.

He denied carrying out the attack but was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 24 November after being found guilty following a trial.

The court heard how Gee assaulted his victim after refusing to leave her house, first backing her into a corner before grabbing her by the throat.

He then dragged the woman to a different room, where he repeatedly hit her head against a wall before throwing a mobile telephone at her face.

Gee then went into the kitchen and returned with a knife,which he held against his victim’s face.

A short while later he forced the woman to perform a sex act on him before raping her.

Ross Gee is a violent man who viciously attacked and raped a woman but refused to accept responsibility for his actions. I am very pleased with the lengthy prison sentence he will now serve. He is a danger to women and belongs behind bars. I would like to pay tribute to Gee’s victim, who showed great courage in speaking about her ordeal in order to aid the investigation. Kent Police will always take seriously and investigate any allegations of sexual assault, and victims can rest assured they will be treated with care,sensitivity and compassion.

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Natalie Collin

72 year old disqualified from driving after causing death by dangerous driving

A man has been sentenced to a two year suspended prison sentence after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

72 year-old Michael Challis, of Lister Road, London, was found guilty of the offence by a jury following a trial at Reading Crown Court on 10 October.

He was sentenced yesterday at Reading Crown Court to a five year disqualification from driving, he must complete an extended driving test to re-obtain his driving licence and was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge in addition to the suspended sentence, which was suspended for two years.

At around 3.50pm on 26 February 2013 Challis was travelling in a blue Suzuki Vitara from Hermitage towards Chieveley on Priors Court Road, when it entered the path of a silver Nissan Micra travelling in the opposite direction and the vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.

A third car, a black Mercedes, then collided with the car containing Challis. The driver of the car Katherine Howard, known to her family and friends as Katy, who was aged 32, died at the scene. Challis was reported for causing death by dangerous driving on 16 August 2013.

This sentencing today follows a long and protracted investigation. While it cannot make up for the loss of Katy to her family, I hope it can provide a sense of closure for them.

– PC David Beeson, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit


Oxford's Westgate development approved

Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies

Approval has been given to a four hundred million pounds redevelopment of the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford. It will see cafes, restaurants, a cinema and a department store built.

Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies
Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies

Report finds major failings at Medway Hospital

Major failings at Medway Maritime Hospital have been highlighted in a report by the Care Quality Commission published today.

The hospital has been branded "the worst in the country" after an unannounced inspection at its A&E department.

It is believed that some patients have to wait as long as twenty four hours for emergency treatment.

"When we inspected the Emergency department at Medway Maritime Hospital in August we found that the trust had failed to make the improvements required. As a result of the inspection we took action to make sure the trust addressed our immediate safety concerns. Since that inspection, we have been working with Monitor, NHS England and other stakeholders to monitor progress at the trust closely. A great deal of effort has been made to drive improvements at the hospital, and we will return in due course with the expectation that significant improvements will have been made."

– CQC's Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals in the south, Professor Edward Baker

ITV Meridian spoke to Phillip Barnes from the Medway Foundation Trust.

Missing teenager from Aylesbury

14-year-old Tommy Lewis was last seen on Monday afternoon Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a teenage boy missing from his home in Aylesbury, but who may also be in Reading.

Tommy Lewis, aged, 14, was last seen at Aylesbury Railway Station at around 3pm on Monday when he said he was going to visit a friend in Reading. He was due back at home in Weedon at 9pm the same day but failed to return.

Tommy is described as white, slim, 5ft 3ins. He was wearing a large blue Puffa-style jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms, a white Polo Ralph Lauren T-shirt and Nike Air Max trainers in blue, white and black.

Officers are increasingly concerned for Tommy as he has been missing for more than 24 hours. It is believed he is as likely to be in Reading as Aylesbury and would urge anyone who knows him or his whereabouts to contact Thames Valley police via 101 as a matter of urgency.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote URN1581 24/11.

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