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Gravesend rapist jailed for six years

PUBLISHED: 15:15 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:15 24 October 2014

Asso Salhi

Asso Salhi

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Police say he has shown no remorse for the ordeal he put his victim through

A Gravesend man has been jailed for six years after he was found guilty of rape.

Asso Salhi, of Pelham Road, denied raping the 19 year old at an address in the town overnight on March 1, 2013.

But the 25-year-old was convicted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court and jailed on October 23.

Salhi had attacked his victim while she was sleeping. She ran out of the address and alerted a friend, who called police. Officers arrived and arrested Salhi, who claimed his victim had initiated the sexual contact.

Investigating officer, DC Victoria Martlew, said: “Salhi has denied raping this young woman from the very beginning, blaming her and insisting she had come on to him.

“He took advantage of his victim when she was asleep and at her most vulnerable and has shown absolutely no remorse for the tremendous ordeal he put her through.

“I would like to praise her courage in assisting us with our investigation and welcome the news Salhi will be behind bars for a number of years to answer for his crime.

“Kent Police will not tolerate sexual assaults, abuse or rape and we have specialist officers trained in detecting these crimes. Victims will always be treated with sensitivity and compassion and every report of this nature will be taken extremely seriously.”

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