A university student who raped a young woman after a pub crawl in Brighton has been convicted and sentenced.

22 year old Liam Allen, of Grand Parade, Brighton, was convicted at Hove Crown Court on Friday (15 June) after a 10-day trial.

He was convicted of raping a young woman and was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.

He has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Liam Allen, 22, of Grand Parade, Brighton
Liam Allen, 22, of Grand Parade, Brighton

Allen had organised a night out in the city during in October 2016.

Detective Constable Aran Boyt of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“The victim told us she had drunk heavily and woke to find Allen on top of her, having held her down and raped her.

“She tried to sit up and stop him but he just held her down, and this young woman was in such a state she was incapable of consenting to sex, so Allen took advantage of her state.

“He clearly thought about his options after the event, because when we searched his mobile phone we found search terms including ‘accused of rape’, ‘minimum sentence for rape’ and ‘CPS guidelines for rape’.

“This was a complex investigation but we were careful throughout to ensure that every possible aspect was explored so that the court was able to consider the full picture in arriving at a verdict.”