Oxford

Three jailed over rape attack filmed on mobile phone

Three men have been jailed for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman who only learned of the attack when she saw footage of it on a mobile phone.

Mohammed Shahjahan, 27, from Oxford, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years for rape at Oxford Crown Court.

Feizal Ali, 26, was jailed for three years for sexual assault. Both had denied the charges against them.

Nicholas Jones, 26, who made the film, will serve three-and-a-half years after admitting sexual assault and voyeurism.

All three will be put on the sex offenders register for life.

'Sickening' act

Following the sentencing on Friday, Judge Julian Hall said: "This was a disgraceful incident which would not have come to light but for the fact that Nicholas Jones filmed it, kept it and later showed it to the victim."

The judge described Shahjahan as "an arrogant young man who was heartless, shameless and had no consideration for the victim".

Image caption All three men will remain on the sex offenders register for life

He went on to say Jones was a "decent young man who did absolutely terrible things that night".

The court heard the woman only discovered she had been raped and sexually assaulted two weeks after the attack, which happened in November last year, when Jones showed her the footage.

Prosecutors said the woman had passed out at a flat in east Oxford after drinking three vodka and Red Bull cocktails and did not remember the assault.

The court was told the woman had been "incapable of consent".

Jones, of White Road, pleaded guilty to two sexual assault charges and voyeurism.

Shahjahan, of Slaymaker Close, and Ali, of Howard Street, were both found guilty last month.

Det Insp Simon Morton, from Thames Valley Police, said: "The victim's courage, strength and determination has been incredible.

"I just hope for her the justice system has worked and that she can now start to move on with her life.

"This has been a long investigation by numerous officers, including the serious sexual offences unit, into a truly sickening incident, which came to light after it was discovered the offences had been filmed by the men.

"It's really important that this sends the message to victims out there of sexual offences that we will do our utmost to thoroughly investigate sexual offences and bring offenders to justice."

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