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Soufyan Yahyaoui, of Tunbridge Wells, jailed after sexual attack on woman, 81


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The smirking sex molester, who forced his way into the home of a Tunbridge Wells pensioner, leaving her with a brain haemorrhage, has been jailed for 13 years.

His courageous 81-year-old victim sat in court just feet away from her "narcissistic" attacker, Soufyan Yahyaoui - but he never looked at her.

Soufyan Yahyaoui has been jailed
Soufyan Yahyaoui has been jailed

The Judge, Recorder David Jeremy QC revealed how the frail pensioner is still suffering the psychological impact of the attack which has left her scared of leaving her house while suffering flashbacks of the eight-minutes of horror.

After his arrest the convicted sex attacker spat in the police van and later urinated in a cell - described by the judge as: "Disgusting behaviour and evidence of his "narcissistic rage".

He told him: "You are a highly devious individual who referred to your victim, in the witness box as 'that'..like she was an object."

The judge added that the only reason he had admitted the assault prior to the beginning of the trial was to "improve a lying defence"- which was "rightly rejected by the jury".

Judge Jeremy ruled that Yahyaoui posed a danger to women in the future and added an extra year which will be served on licence when he is finally released.

'You are a highly devious individual who referred to your victim, in the witness box as 'that'..like she was an object...'

It had been revealed during the trial at Maidstone Crown Court how he is under a nationwide ban from going to any property because of previous sex offences.

That followed a number of incidents of violence and rape allegations involving other men and women.

He was convicted in 2005 of attempting to rape a 37-year-old woman and later acquitted of raping a cell mate at Elmley Prison.

The prosecution had revealed how in the latest incident in May last year the 41-year-old pervert had forced his way into the home of his victim, snatched away her phone and locked her dog in a room.

The attack only ended when neighbours discovered her slumped on the settee, partially dressed, a jumper ripped and nursing a bleed on the brain which later required treatment at Pembury and Tunbridge Wells hospitals.

Yahyaoui, of Parsonage Close, Tunbridge Wells had denied trespassing intending to carry out a sex offence and sex assault but the jury convicted him.

He had earlier admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. breaching a sexual harm prevention order and causing criminal damage.

The judge said that he will now serve a minimum of eight years before he can be considered for parole.

He said Yahaoui had showed no remorse for the attack which was "very close" to an attempted rape.

Prosecutor Francesca Levett had revealed how in December 23, 2019 Maidstone Magistrates made an order prohibiting him from going to "any residential address in the UK."

Maidstone Crown Court
Maidstone Crown Court

Ms Levett said in 2005, he had gone to a woman's flat claiming he was unable to get home and had nowhere to sleep.

The victim allowed the defendant in and almost immediately he began touching the victim sexually.

He tried to pull her off the bed by her trousers. She tried to grab the phone and he took it off her and threw it on the floor. He pulled off her trousers.

Police also found a number of USB sticks at his home containing pornography downloaded from the internet.

The prosecutor added: "The pornography included as small portion of moving images and images of rape and other sexual behaviour, including imagery of sexual activity with women who were unconscious."

'His actions have caused immeasurable long-term harm and distress, for which he has shown absolutely no remorse.'

Commenting after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Adam Marshall said: "Yahyaoui is a dangerous and predatory sex offender.

"He has deliberately targeted a vulnerable and elderly victim and subjected her to a truly harrowing ordeal.

"His actions have caused immeasurable long-term harm and distress, for which he has shown absolutely no remorse.

"Instead Yahyaoui has chosen to subject his victim to further upset by making them endure a trial.

"I would like to thank and commend the victim for the tremendous courage they have shown to give evidence and help us ensure Yahyaoui is now serving a significant prison sentence.

"I would also like to thank witnesses in this case, whose intervention and testimony has also been important in securing these convictions.

"The streets are certainly a safer place now he is in prison and I hope the sentence will provide some comfort to the victim that at least justice has now been served."

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