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24 October 2016, 11:40
A man from Maidstone has been jailed for 11 year for assaulting and raping a woman in the town.
Rafel Kafel, left his victim with hairline fractures to her eye socket and nose during a prolonged ordeal earlier this year.
The 40-year-old of Upper Stone Street, locked the woman in his flat before repeatedly hitting her around the head and body in May this year. He also sexually assaulted her.
She only managed to escape by jumping from a window and flagging down a passing car, breaking her leg in the fall.
The woman was taken to Maidstone police station and officers were sent to Kafel's home shortly afterwards. When they arrived he threatened to stab himself with a knife and insisted on talking to negotiators. He was eventually arrested and during police interview denied any wrong doing. Kafel was shown photos of the victim’s injuries and told officers they could have been fabricated, alleging police were colluding with the victim to set him up.
Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court Kafel pleaded guilty to three counts of rape. On 21 October he was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.
Detective Constable Jonathan Pearce, of Kent Police’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team said: "Kafel subjected his victim to a quite brutal ordeal, both mentally and physically and I have no doubt her injuries would have been even worse had she not summoned the incredible the bravery to make her escape.
"The sentence is entirely appropriate and I would like to thank the victim for having the courage to help with our investigation and ensure that this dangerous person has been removed from our streets.’
Notes to editors:
A custody image of Rafel Kafel is attached to this email for the purpose of reporting this case.
For further information, contact the Kent Police press office on 01622 604157.