July 2020

Man jailed for rape and assault in Southampton

Krystian Kwarta, aged 20 of Keyhaven Road, Milford-on-Sea, has been sentenced to 8 years in jail for raping and assaulting a 21-year-old woman in the perimeter of West Quay shopping centre in Southampton as she walked to work on Saturday 15th February.

The sentence comes after a woman reported a man unknown to her grabbed her from behind and raped her in the perimeter of West Quay shopping centre.

Officers from Southampton’s Operation Amberstone team immediately analysed extensive CCTV that covered the area of West Quay retail park and identified a man in the area where the rape happened.

CCTV showed that shortly before 8am, the man, now known as Kwarta, started following the woman towards the shopping centre. Moments later she was violently attacked and raped by him.

Having identified the potential suspect, extensive CCTV analysis was carried out which led officers to a home in Milford-on-Sea.

Kwarta was arrested and taken to Southampton Central police station for questioning and it was confirmed that his DNA matched the DNA left at the scene.

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, officers charged Kwarta on 18 February with two counts of rape and one count of assault.

Kwarta pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of assault at Southampton Crown Court on 20 March.

Today he has been sentenced to 8 years in prison with an additional 4 years on licence.