A Brighton man, who encouraged a teenage girl to take cocaine before raping her, has been jailed.

Mpilo Mthunzi , known as Mike, of Hereford St in Brighton, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday (23 May) after a seven-day trial.

Mthunzi was convicted of the rape of a girl in Brighton, in August last year, and of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

The young girl was at a party, in the early hours Mthunzi took her to one side.

He encouraged her to take cocaine, then raped her in a bedroom, before returning to the party.

The girl was terrified but spoke to friends about the traumatic experience and eventually police were informed.

Police say an investigation started as soon as the report was received and Mthunzi was traced and arrested.

Detective Constable Sophie Tullett of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“This was an appalling experience for the young and very vulnerable girl.

“She was seemingly in an atmosphere of enjoyment and freedom, but the reality was very different.

“Mthunzi manipulated and coerced her into a situation which rapidly escalated out of her control, leaving her traumatised and struggling to cope with her life.

“If you have been the victim of sexual assault in situations like this, or know of anyone who has been, there is no need to suffer in silence.”

Mthunzi will be a registered sex offender for life.

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He was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to women and girls under 18.