Sheffield asylum seeker and former charity worker filmed himself brutally raping woman

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An asylum seeker given help to escape a people trafficker who brought him into the country to have his organs harvested will be deported after raping a young woman.

Amadu Banghura, aged 23, changed his plea to guilty just moments after a jury was sworn in at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was jailed for 10 years by Judge Julian Goose QC and told he would be deported after serving half his sentence.

Megan Rhys, prosecuting, said Banghura, of Exeter Drive, Broomhall filmed the ‘prolonged’ attack, during which he could be seen restraining the woman, who was screaming for him to stop, by her hands.

The footage, which was obtained by the police in evidence, also showed Banghura assaulting the woman after she told him she intended to go to the police.

The victim went to a Sheffield police station and officers said she was ‘visibly distressed’ and had noticeable marks on her wrists, scratches on her neck and false nails missing.

Banghura was arrested by police but denied raping the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and said they had engaged in consensual sex.

“The footage shows she was crying throughout, and saying she didn’t want it,” said Ms Rhys.

Geraldine Kelly, defending, said Banghura had been taken from his native Sierra Leone and brought into the country illegally in 2014 by a man who wanted to harvest his organs if he was found to be a match.

When NHS doctors were alerted, they falsely told the man who had trafficked Banghura he was not a compatible organ donor.

Banghura was then put in touch with a Sheffield charity who helped him with his successful asylum application.

Ms Kelly said: “He is someone who has been bullied and victimised, and that’s clear though most of his relationships – both professional and personal.”

She said after being granted asylum Banghura, who was formerly of good character, regularly volunteered for a Sheffield charity and worked at a bakery up to 70 hours a week.

Judge Goose told Banghura he had watched the footage of the ‘prolonged’ sex attack.

He told him: “That recording was truly shocking. Throughout, the complainant was begging you to stop.

“She cried, she tried resisting you but you persisted.

“You injured her as she begged and cried and screamed for help.”

Sheffield Rape Crisis offers free and confidential support to anyone who has been raped or experienced sexual abuse. Their hotline number is 0808 802 0013, or visit their website here for more information.