Stu­dent jailed for rape at uni

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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

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