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Man charged with sexual assault of student

By Maria Mellor

A student, 20, was raped after a night out when she was walking home alone. Her attacker pushed her against a wall in a lane off Queen Street.

Aymen Smaili, 35, has been jailed for five and a half years after raping the woman in September.

He followed her after she left Live Lounge. Cardiff Crown Court heard that the student started walking home at 02:30BST and told her friends she would be fine by herself as it was “only a short walk”.

The defendant, who was on a six month visitors visa from the Middle East, followed the victim from the club and approached her but she could not understand what he was saying due to his strong accent.

Judge Michael Fitton told Smaili: “You waited in my view to see if anyone was going to go with her, and it was about a minute before you moved after her.

“At that stage, in my view she was particularly vulnerable.”

The victim’s statement read that she was “frozen” as he raped her and was “really scared” and had “tears in her eyes”.

The victim told the police: “This makes me feel dirty, and I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin.

“I feel contaminated. I just want to scrub it all away.”

Smaili asked for her name and phone number after the attack and she gave him fake versions of both.

He pled guilty in October which reduced his sentence from eight years and three months.

Smaili must serve half of the sentence before he is eligible for release and must also register on the sex offenders list.

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