March 2021

‘Abhorrent’ Debyshire man jailed for raping young woman in his van

A Derbyshire man has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of raping a young woman in his van.

Sudesh Kumar, denied the offence which took place back in August 2018 but was found guilty and sentenced during a hearing last week.

He had been with the victim, a woman in her 20s, and friends who were drinking at a pub in Peartree, Derby during the evening.

The group then continued the gathering at a mutual friends’ house, and Kumar offered to give the woman a lift home at around 4am.

She accepted the lift and while on the way to her home the 41-year-old took advantage of her vulnerable state and raped her.

The following morning the victim woke up and felt concerned about what happened the night before.

Although she hadn’t been able to fully remember, she shared her worries with her mum who contacted the police.

A medical examination was carried out as part of the officer’s investigations, and forensic evidence was also found from a tampon she had tried to discard.

Kumar, of Carsington Crescent in Allestree, denied the offence but was found guilty following trial.

He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment and placed on the sexual offenders register for life.