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Man who raped Bristol University student in her home has sentence increased

The man was given an aggravated prison sentence after his case went to the appeals court.

A man who entered the home of a then 19-year-old woman in Bristol and raped her has had his prison sentence extended.

Mohsen Gheibi, 45, was originally sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in prison for the rape, at Bristol Crown Court on May 13, 2022.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offender register for life.

In a statement, the victim said: “The dreams I had where I felt like I could do anything were now replaced by an embodiment of shame, disgust and self-hatred. .

“I was numb, frozen in time as the world passed before me.”

Gheibi met the student late at night as she was walking home alone.

The Attorney General, Suella Braverman QC MP felt that Gheibi’s sentence was too lenient and referred her to the Court of Appeal under the unduly lenient sentencing scheme.

Ms Braverman said: “Gheibi took advantage of a vulnerable woman and her actions had a significant and lasting impact on the victim.

“Gheibi’s increased sentence better reflects the gravity of his crime and sends a clear message that violence against women and girls will be punished harshly.”

Today (August 26), the court agreed that Gheibi’s original sentence was unduly lenient and increased it to 8 years and 9 months in prison.