Devon

Yorkshire motorist sentenced for Exmoor rape

A motorist has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty of raping a woman he had offered a lift to in Devon.

Nesimi Polat, 31, of Hill Street, Elsecar, Barnsley was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on Friday.

He was found guilty of rape by a jury after the court heard he dragged the victim from his car and attacked her in an isolated spot on Exmoor in June.

Polat was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

"Deep mistrust"

During the trial the court heard that Polat had offered the woman a lift in Barnstaple and started driving along the A361 North Devon link road before travelling in the opposite direction the passenger had requested.

He then stopped the car before dragging the woman out of the vehicle and raping her.

The court also heard that he threw a £10 note at the woman before leaving her "alone, violated and scared out of her wits".

Judge Philip Wassall said an aggravating feature of the incident was the element of kidnap which had left the victim with a "deep mistrust of people and authority".

Polat denied the allegation throughout the trial.

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