Muhanad Adem has been sentenced to 12 years in prison at Leeds Crown Court today for raping a University of Leeds student.

A jury took less than three hours to reach an unanimous guilty verdict on 20 December 2019.

On 13 December 2018, the victim had spent a night out with friends and got into the back of Adem’s car, thinking it was a taxi.

She typed the postcode of her address into Adem’s phone, but he drove in a different direction, and then he raped her in the back of his vehicle.

He then drove off again, but the victim managed to escape through the car window, and alert friends that she had been raped.

Claire MacDonald from the CPS said:

This was a brutal and opportunistic attack, late at night on a vulnerable young woman, who has been left devastated. The impact of sexual violence of this kind goes far beyond any physical injury and its effects for the victim are long-lasting and traumatising.

Claire MacDonald