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15-year sentence for rape of woman befriended in Crawley nightclub

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A Worthing man is starting a 15-year extended prison sentence for the rape of a woman he had befriended.

David Jani, 45, a care assistant, of Shelley Road, Worthing, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday (19 March) having been convicted of raping the 25-year-old woman at his flat on the night of 13-14 August 2019.

He was given a custodial term of 12 years and an extension period of three further years on licence, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, prohibiting him from residing with or inviting into his residence any person deemed as vulnerable, and will be a registered sex offender for life.

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

Detective Constable Emily Turner said;

“Jani was in a nightclub in Crawley, where he in effect targeted his victim who was on her own, taking her to his address and raping her.

“We are really glad that the victim has now seen justice done. She supported our investigation throughout and gave her evidence in court, facing cross-examination.

“This case shows once again how we will always support victims and seek to find the evidence to prosecute those who offend against them.”

The victim said;

“I would like to say a special thanks to friends and family, and to Littlehampton and Crawley Police for ensuring that this case was dealt with swiftly, namely DC Emily Turner, DC Hugh Charles and PC Alexa Wood.

“I now have an incredibly long way to go mentally to rebuild my life, as well as my future.”

For information on services and support available to victims of sexual offences see the Sussex Police website

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Appeal for witnesses after elderly couple attacked at their home in Broadfield, Crawley

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Detectives are investigating a serious incident in Crawley after an elderly couple were injured at their home address on Fulham Close. 

Both victims are in a stable condition. 

Police are appealing for any information or witnesses who saw anything suspicious in the Fulham Close area on or around 10pm on Thursday, January 30. 

Police are particularly keen to identify a male described as black, wearing black trousers and a jacket, with a white and black face covering. 

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious or who has any information they believe could assist with enquiries is urged to report online or call 101, quoting serial 1382 of 30/01.

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