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6 November 2017, 14:20
A man who raped a stranger on a riverbank has been jailed for 12 years.
21 year-old Abdel-Aziz Al-Shamary, from Kuwait, was "thrilled" by the idea of what he did, having watched outdoor sex porn on his phone earlier that night, Teesside Crown Court heard.
After he was convicted last month of the Darlington rape, investigations found that had posed for a selfie on the riverbank and posted it on Facebook prior to his attack in May.
Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, said Al-Shamary spotted his vulnerable victim walking alone after a night out and he began pestering her for almost 20 minutes.
The takeaway worker then punched her twice in the face, dragged her to the floor and raped her.
Two women in a passing car saw something of what happened and followed him, alerting the police so he was swiftly arrested.
Al-Shamary, from a Bedouin family who spent a considerable amount of money to get him to the UK, had drunk a bottle of Jack Daniel's and Johnnie Walker whisky.
He refused to be dealt with by a female police officer, saying he only spoke to men.
He also called the UK a "bitch country", Mr Abrahams said.
Judge Sean Morris jailed him for 12 years, expressing the hope he would be deported after serving half.
He said: "You had a sheltered upbringing in a Bedouin family with very little contact with the opposite sex.
"On this night you had consumed an enormous amount of spirits.
"You had been watching pornography on your phone, in particular pornography involving outdoor sex."
The judge said Al-Shamary was determined to have sex with the woman, whether she wanted to or not.
The rapist told his victim to "shut up" and threatened to kill her if she reported it.
The judge said: "The idea of having sex outdoors thrilled you, as can be seen from your pornographic downloads on your phone."
He put the defendant on the Sex Offenders' Register for life, and said: "It is quite clear to me you have a problem with females and you regard them as lesser beings, as evidenced by your behaviour to the female police officer, and I am of the view that this was as much about degradation and humiliation as about sexual pleasure."
John Turner, defending, said Al-Shamary, of Pensbury Street, Darlington, maintained his innocence.
In a victim statement, the woman said every night she thought about what happened to her.
She said: "I can still see the image of my attacker's face in my mind and that upsets me."