Man jailed for raping young woman in Brighton

Mahad Hussein. Credit: Sussex Police

A man who raped a young woman in Brighton has been jailed for 13 years.

Mahad Hussein, 22, of Copenhagen Place in London, raped the 25-year-old victim while she was walking along Ship Street in the early hours of January 15 this year.

During sentencing for two counts of rape at Hove Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, 13), Judge David Rennie described Hussein as viewing the victim as ‘a piece of meat’, and said he showed a ‘lack of disregard’ for the victim.

Police said the victim had met Hussein earlier in the evening before the incident, and she had made it perfectly clear she had no interest in sexual activity with him.

Following the incident, police said a delivery driver spotted the victim in distress and provided support until police arrived.

Investigating officers then identified Hussein from CCTV in the area.

DC Jack Sugar, Investigating Officer, said:

“This was a fast-time investigation where time was of the essence.

“Our ability to view the CCTV at such a quick speed was vital to identifying and arresting Hussein.

“Hussein showed little remorse throughout the court process.

“His not guilty plea meant the victim had to relive the distressing actions of the night all over again.

“I would like to praise the bravery of the victim who came forward to disclose the traumatic ordeal she was subject to.

“No one should have to be a victim of this crime and we urge anyone who unfortunately has to get in touch with us.”

Police said Hussein, who is unemployed, will be a registered sex offender for life.