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Man jailed for raping woman as she slept at house in Livingston

Kazeem Kadiri
Image caption Kazeem Kadiri had denied rape and claimed his victim had consented to sex

A man who raped an Edinburgh office worker while she slept in West Lothian has been jailed for five years.

Kazeem Kadiri sneaked into the 29-year-old's bed after being rejected by another woman with whom he and another man had been having a threesome.

The rape took place at a house in Livingston on 6 November 2010, after the woman had been on a night out.

She told the High Court in Edinburgh she had had well over 20 drinks and had gone to bed very drunk.

During the night she woke to find a man lying on top of her. She told him to get off her and pushed him away.

She contacted the police the next morning after realising she had been raped.

Det Ch Insp Phil Gachagan, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "Kazeem Kadiri is a callous and predatory individual who attacked a defenceless woman, whom he didn't know, as she slept in her bed.

"At no point has he shown any remorse for his actions and by allowing this case to go to trial, his victim has been subjected to further anguish.

"I would like to thank the young woman for her co-operation during the investigation and for her courage at seeing the proceedings through to their conclusion.

"I sincerely hope that following today's sentencing, she can begin to move on with her life and draw a line under this traumatic ordeal."

'Lightbulb moment'

During the trial, the jury heard forensic evidence that Kadiri's DNA matched samples taken from the woman's body.

Another woman, the householder, said she had invited Kadiri and another man, Bola Sodimu, 37, back from a nightclub at 03:00.

She said she had sex with both men but then had a "lightbulb moment" and told Kadiri she wanted to take his friend, who is also Nigerian, upstairs.

She told how she had to get up and close the door after she saw Kadiri on the stairs watching them.

"One or two minutes later" they heard the sound of two people having sex in the spare bedroom.

They went to the room and saw Kadiri sitting on the edge of the woman's bed in his boxer shorts.

Kadiri, 38, denied rape and claimed his victim had consented to sex.

But the jury returned a majority verdict of guilty.

Kadiri's name has been placed on the sex offenders' register.

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