Rapist has sentence increased

A rapist who locked a woman he met on a night out in his car and attacked her has had his sentenced increased.

Olawale Hassan, 34, formerly of Falcon Avenue, Grays, was jailed for 10 years and two months last October for raping a woman repeatedly in a car in Western Esplanade, Southend.

He had met her earlier that night while the victim and a friend were in a nightclub.

At the court of appeal on Thursday March 11, Lord Justice Bean, Mrs Justice Whipple, and Mr Justice Calver agreed the original sentence was too lenient.

On top of the 10 years and two months in prison, Hassan has now been given a three-year extended licence.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Victoria De’ath said: “Olawale Hassan is dangerous and predatory individual and today’s result reflects the risk he poses to the public.

“He subjected the victim to an unimaginable ordeal which has had a lasting impact on her.

“I know she is very happy with today’s outcome.”

Following Hassan’s conviction and original sentencing, the victim said: “My message to everyone who has been a victim of rape is no matter how much you doubt and blame yourself thinking it’s all your fault, please, please call the police as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid to.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is for the police to collect as much evidence as they can as a soon as possible after the act itself.

“I thought no-one would believe me but thank god for my mum’s best friend for encouraging me to phone the police on the day it happened to me.

“I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what I have, but if there is a chance of me helping someone and you have been a victim of rape, my advice is to please phone the police as soon as possible.

“They are there to help you and give you the support, you need please be strong.”

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Mick Ferris

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