A 31-year-old Brighton man has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment after he was convicted of the rape and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Rawad Bastawi was convicted at Lewes Crown Court following a two week long trial.

He was arrested in January in connection with the attack on the 13-year-old in December 2011. He will now be placed on the Sex Offenders Register and has also been served with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his contact with teenage girls following his release.

Bastawi was found not guilty of the rape of two other girls aged 15 and 16.

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