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Taylor Diba jailed for raping woman at Prestwick flat

A man who raped a woman after she had consensual sex with his friend has been jailed for more than six years.

Taylor Diba, 23, attacked the 19-year-old woman at a flat in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, on 22 July 2013.

The South African, who came to the UK illegally by fraudulently using a British passport, denied rape but was convicted by a majority verdict.

He was jailed for five years for rape and 16 months for failing to attend an earlier hearing while on bail.

Diba was also placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

'Distressed' victim

Jailing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Uist told Diba: "You were convicted by the jury of raping an extremely drunken 19-year-old woman.

"She struggled and asked you to get off, but you ignored her request. It was only when she pushed you off that you stopped."

The judge said that the victim had been seen in the street "in an extremely distressed and dishevelled state" after the attack.

He added: "Since your conviction you have continued to deny your guilt and have shown no remorse."

Lord Uist said Diba would be deported by the Home Office at the end of his jail term.

During his trial, the court heard how the victim had gone for a night out in Ayr and after visiting a bar had gone on to a club.

She said she had met a man at the club who was with his friends, but he was the one she was interested in.

The woman had later gone to Prestwick with the man and one of his friends, but not Diba.

The woman had sex with him before Diba came into the room.

Pinned down

The victim told the court: "He took his trousers off. I said there and then I was not having sex with him."

Advocate depute Jane Farquharson asked the woman how Diba reacted and she said: "He still came on top of me."

He pinned her arms and ignored her repeated pleas to get off her and her attempts to push him away.

The woman said: "I was trying to struggle, moving my legs, my body, to try to get up. I am just trying to break free.

"I was telling him to get off and let me go."

The victim said she did eventually manage to push him off and slapped his back.

She said that after the attack she "just wanted to get out of the house".

The woman told the court she felt as if she had been there to be taken advantage of, and that she had been upset and crying when she phoned a friend.

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