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 Jail for man who raped teenage girl

 12/11/2020

​​A man who raped a teenage girl following a night out has been jailed for 17 years. 


Saman Osmanzadeh was prowling the streets of Darlington in his car when he found the girl walking home in the early hours of the morning.


The 31-year-old took her to a house in Bishop Auckland where he raped her, before dropping her back off in Darlington in March this year.


The woman reported the rape later that day and officers located and arrested Osmanzadeh, of Durham Street, in Bishop Auckland, a few hours later.


He was charged with rape, which he denied, but was found guilty following a trial and sentenced to 13 years in custody with an extended four-year licence period.  


Sergeant Stuart Chaney, from Durham Constabulary, led the investigation. He said: “Osmanzadeh is a dangerous individual who targeted a vulnerable young woman who was trying to make her way home following a night out.


“He is a predator who has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions and repeatedly interrupted the court proceedings during his trial at Teesside Crown Court. 


“We have worked extremely hard to bring him to justice, and I hope Osmanzadeh’s lengthy jail sentence has brought some closure to the victim, who can now start to rebuild her life.   


“No jail sentence can ever undo the suffering that she has endured, but I want to praise her for having the courage and strength to come forward and report this to us.”


If you have been a victim of a sexual offence please contact Durham Constabulary on 101 – we have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and will do everything they can to bring your perpetrator to justice.


If you are in immediate danger, always call 999.


If you do not want to speak to the police, you can call The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 03333 448283, or visit themeadowsdurham.org.uk