Student jailed for rape at uni
A sTUDENT who raped a woman and told her: “This is what university is like” has been locked up for five years.
steven Christian, from solihull, attacked the victim in her room at Keele University after a pub quiz in september last year.
The 20- year- old had been a student ambassador during the evening, stoke- on- Trent Crown Court heard.
The victim was left so traumatised that she now makes herself vomit, jurors were told.
Christian was sent to a young offenders’ institution after he was convicted of rape after a trial. Jonathan Dickinson, prosecuting, said: “The victim was going to start at Keele University in september last year.
“she attended the university for an event.
“The defendant was about to go into the second year and was a student ambassador during the evening.”
At the end of the night Christian walked the victim to her room.
Christian, of Raddington Drive, solihull, denied sexual assault, rape, assault by penetration and attempted rape.
He was convicted of rape and cleared of the other charges.
In a statement read to the court the victim said: “I find it hard to get to sleep and when I close my eyes I get flashbacks and have a lot of nightmares.
“When things get bad I make myself throw up.”
Passing sentence, Recorder Nicholas syfret QC told Christian: “In the
course of his closing remarks the prosecutor said this case was a tragedy and I agree with him.
“It’s a tragedy for you and your family.
“As a consequence of your actions you must be sentenced to a significant custodial sentence.
“It is a tragedy for the victim – she was starting her life at university – one of the most significant steps a young person can take and this event blighted that part of her life.
“You and the victim helped a student who was drunk to his room.
“In the corridor you kissed her and she initially responded, then broke off and said you shouldn’t be doing it any more.
“She opened the door to her room and you followed her – she didn’t invite you.
“You tried to kiss her again and she tried to stop you. You said something like: ‘ You want to know what university is like – well this is what it’s like’.
“You knew what you had done and later tried to excuse your behaviour in two text messages to her.”
The defendant will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Det Con Mick Hall, of Staffordshire Police , said: “I want to commend the victim for having the courage to come forward and speak out.
“I hope that knowing Christian has now been sentenced will give others who have suffered the strength to come forward.”
Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or suspects others may be subject to sexual abuse, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111 or at www. crimestoppers- uk. org
Steven Christian at court