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Man jailed for 13 years for Birmingham stranger rape

Our officers arrested a rapist in Birmingham city centre less than 15 minutes after he launched a violent sex attack on a stranger – and now he’s been jailed for 13 years.

Farirai Shereni, aged 25, attacked the woman as she made her way to work at around 4.30am on 6 November 2018.

Farirai Shereni
Farirai Shereni

Shereni was using a phone charging point near McDonald’s in Dale End when he spotted the woman and asked for help.

But moments later he launched a violent sexual attack, forcing her towards an underpass on Bull Street where he raped her.

When she managed to escape his grip, she ran to safety and rang her partner for help who then called us. We met her on Bull Street where she was able to provide a detailed description of her attacker.

Our officers flooded the area and picked up Shereni on CCTV - who matched the description exactly - and arrested him at 4.45am.

Parts of the attack caught on CCTV were put to Shereni during interview. Although he admitted it was him in the footage he told us he and the woman “got along" and “connected" and agreed to have sex under the bridge.

However, a jury at Birmingham Crown Court took little more than two hours to find him guilty on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

Sentenced yesterday (January 17), Shereni will have to serve at least two-thirds of his 13-year jail term before being considered for parole and on his eventual release will be put on extended licence for five years.

Detective Constable Lyndsey Davenport, who investigated the case, said: “Shereni tried to discredit the woman’s account, but evidence uncovered as part of the investigation clearly shows his account was completely untrue.

"The woman showed great courage in coming forward and without her bravery and support we may not have been able to bring him to justice.

"He now faces many years behind bars and I hope this will provide some sense of justice to the woman and her loved ones."

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