"What is truly shocking is how quickly it happened."
Muhib Uddin, aged 31, of Stamshaw, Portsmouth, was jailed for six years after he raped a 19-year-old woman in an alleyway and infected her with a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI).
Portsmouth Crown Court heard that he targeted the victim as she sat on a pallet in an alleyway behind Flamez in Southsea where he was working in the summer of 2020.
He put his arm around her, helped her up and walked with her along the alleyway out of view of CCTV while looking over his shoulder just before 10 pm on August 29.
Rebecca Austin, prosecuting, said Uddin then pinned her against a wall by grabbing her “by the neck and the face to stop her moving her head whilst he kissed her on the face”.
The victim next remembered “being on the floor being raped”.
The woman screamed, drawing the attention of members of the public who came to her aid. Meanwhile, Uddin fled the scene.
Police arrived and moved the woman into a car as she was partially dressed and covered in a blanket.
It was heard that she had to undergo antibiotics treatment as Uddin infected her with chlamydia.
Ms Austin said: “What is truly shocking is how quickly it happened. It’s our case that the defendant’s actions were predatory and within seconds of realising her vulnerability, he decided to exploit this for his own sexual gratification.”
After being identified on CCTV, Uddin was arrested. He told police:
“Any sexual acts that took place were consensual.”
However, DNA taken from the victim matched that of Uddin and he pleaded guilty to rape.
The victim said: “I did not deserve anything being done to me.
“I will never be able to come back from what you’ve done to me. There will be permanent scars that you have left with me.
“They may not be on my face but will always be on my mind. You have taken so much from me.”
The victim suffers from anxiety and sees her family and friends’ lives being destroyed.
She continued: “You have left me feeling emotionally drained and tired on a daily basis. I feel sad and hopeless. I feel numb and you have little motivation and I struggle to keep my focus.
“I will have to live with this forever. The trauma is always there every day and I feel so broken and damaged. You have taken so many of my happy memories away.”
Uddin had no previous convictions in the UK, or in Bangladesh where he lived until 2016.
Jodie Mittel, defending, said her client has been described as having “limited intellectual ability”.
The victim added:
“How could you do this? How could you have been wicked and cruel? You have contaminated me by raping me.”
“Why did you think it was okay to rape me? Why did you cause so much trauma, terror and fear? You should never have done this to me. You violated and you raped me.”
Judge Willaim Ashworth said: “You saw a vulnerable female who was intoxicated and defenceless and instead of seeing her as a fellow human who was in need of protection, you saw her as an object whose vulnerability you could exploit for your own sexual gratification.
“This was rape not just a physical assault on the victim, it was an invasion of her person and her soul which has changed her, it would appear, for some long time.”
The judge said Uddin left the victim “screaming and helpless” and must now accept what he did and the harm he caused.
He added that he took into account “the humiliating and degrading nature of the rape, and the appalling situation that you left her in”.
Uddin was jailed for six years and must sign the sex offenders’ register for life.