Friday, February 18, 2005

Iraqi jailed for rape in Britain

An Iraqi refugee has been jailed for five years for raping a woman in Britain:

Mohammed Sha Shabaz, 20, who, the court was told walked across Europe to reach England, sobbed in the dock when the sentence was announced.

Shabaz had denied rape but was convicted after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

The judge said the matter of his possible deportation should be left for the appropriate authorities.

Shabaz's defence counsel said he had come to the UK to find freedom - and it was ironic it was here that he was being locked up.

She said Shabaz believed he had brought great shame on his family - and at one point had intended to harm himself.

Shabaz was told by judge Mr Justice Pitchers that it was a very serious offence - and that the minimum term for rape was five years.

I wonder how many women did Mr. Shabaz rape while walking across Europe to get to England?

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