Brighton rapist given 8 years

Rawad Bastawi Credit: Sussex Police

A 31-year-old Brighton man has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment after he was convicted of the rape and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Rawad Bastawi was convicted at Lewes Crown Court following a two week long trial.

He was arrested in January in connection with the attack on the 13-year-old in December 2011. He will now be placed on the Sex Offenders Register and has also been served with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his contact with teenage girls following his release.

Bastawi was found not guilty of the rape of two other girls aged 15 and 16.

Bastawi is a despicable individual who abused the trust of the victim and her friends over a number of days by plying them with alcohol and cannabis. Today's verdict and sentence brings a successful resolution to what has been a long ordeal for the families involved. The sentence imposed sends a clear message that offences of this nature will be harshly dealt with if found guilty. By not pleading guilty he put his victims through the ordeal of having to give evidence and relive the abuse they suffered at his hands. I would like to pay tribute to them and their families who bravely came to court to give evidence in the case.