A NOTTINGHAM man has been jailed for raping a woman at his Hyson Green flat.
Jawad Kharoti, 21, has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison after he preyed on a 39-year-old woman on New Year’s Day last year.
Jailed: Jawad Kharoti
Kharoti, who is originally from Iraq, had been in the UK for four years before he assaulted the woman and will be deported after his sentence is served.
The victim had been out socialising in Nottingham the day of the attack and her last memory is of being in a pub in the city at around 8.30pm.
The next thing she remembered was police taking her home from a block of flats in Hyson Green at around 4am.
The following morning, the woman felt something was not right and suspected she had been raped and called police.
Nottinghamshire Police launched an investigation and, due to the victim’s lack of memory, used CCTV to piece together the events of that night.
Footage recorded in the city centre shows Kharoti approached the victim when she was at the Beaconsfield tram stop at around 10.50pm.
He struck up a conversation with her and took her by the arm, leading her to his flat in Noel Street, Hyson Green.
A camera inside the complex recorded the pair walking to the lift, where Kharoti tried to kiss the victim but she pushed him away and bit his lip.
Kharoti led the woman out of the lift and to his flat.
The victim was next seen nearly an hour-and-a-half later in a state of undress being thrown into the lift by another man. She collapsed on to the floor, almost unconscious.
She is next seen on the ground floor, where she managed to crawl out of the lift and gather her things before the man threw her shoes outside and ushered her out, where it was around 12 degrees below freezing.
The man returned to the flat and the victim collapsed on to the floor outside.
Around two-and-a-half hours later, two men discovered the victim unconscious on the floor and brought her into the building. The police were called and she was taken home.
After trawling through hours of CCTV footage, officers visited each flat within the complex until they found Kharoti, who matched the description of the man seen in the footage with the victim.
Kharoti, and a second man, were arrested and charged with rape.
Kharoti’s DNA was found on the victim’s clothing but he told police they had consensual sex.
He pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court and was sentenced on Monday.
The second man was acquitted at trial.
Detective Inspector Justine Wilson, who led the investigation, said the victim has been through a horrendous ordeal.
She said: “The victim is a very special, inspiring woman who has been through hell and back in the last year. She was taken advantage of in the most brutal and cruel way when she was in a vulnerable state and could not defend herself.
“She has shown remarkable strength of character and determination in bringing this man to justice.
“She was treated appallingly and left in the freezing cold in the middle of the night, unconscious on the ground.
“There was no regard for her safety or wellbeing and she was disposed of once Kharoti had assaulted her. Fortunately, good Samaritans were concerned for her and raised the alarm.
“I hope that his sentencing will signal an end to this difficult and painful chapter of the victim’s life and she can in some way begin to look forward to her future.”