Eight years behind bars for ‘chilling’ rape of Sheffield student

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A ‘chilling’ rapist who attacked a terrified Sheffield student as she walked home alone has been jailed for eight and a half years.

Kyle Brookes, aged 20, sexually assaulted the 21-year-old in the street before following her home.

He then forced his way into her home and raped her – which the student said in her victim impact statement will ‘haunt her for the rest of her life’.

Judge Paul Watson QC told Brookes: “She was clearly a vulnerable girl and she was, for you, easy prey.

“The sight of you running down the road after that girl, walking away from you on her own, as seen on CCTV, was a chilling one.”

Sheffield Crown Court was told Brookes saw the student walking home on her own at about 3am on July 5 last year after a night out with friends.

He chased her down the road before kissing her, pushing her against a wall and sexually assaulting her.

He then followed her and ‘refused to take no for an answer’ before raping her in her home and stealing her mobile phone.

Brookes, of Bankwood Road, Gleadless Valley, was found guilty of one count of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of theft.

Judge Watson told Brookes: “She made it clear she didn’t want anything to do with you. You wouldn’t take no for an answer.

“The submission was that you were invited into her home. I reject that entirely.

“This was a case in which she relented in the face of your constant pestering, but it is quite clear she did not want you in her home.

“This was a case where you would not take no for an answer.

“She was vulnerable, alone and frightened.

“You forced your way into her home and you raped her.

“To make matters worse when you were finished with her you simply decided to take her mobile phone.

“I have no idea why you decided to do that.

“It is clear that only a lengthy custodial sentence can reflect what you did that night.”

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