Libyan rapist jailed for attack on 19-year-old woman

Ashraf Tawerghi, 31, jailed for 8 years for raping 19 year old woman in Halifax
Ashraf Tawerghi, 31, jailed for 8 years for raping 19 year old woman in Halifax

A 31-year-old Libyan who over-stayed his student visa has been jailed for eight years after a jury found him guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in Halifax.

Ashraf Tawerghi was living in the town back in October 2011 when he subjected the teenager, who cannot be identified, to a rape ordeal lasting more than 20 minutes.

Tawerghi, who now resides in Manchester, had denied two rape charges during his trial at Bradford Crown Court, but today the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on both allegations.

The Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC said Tawerghi, who had sought political asylum after his one-year visa expired, had physically restrained his victim and forced her to remain in the Halifax house where he attacked her.

The judge said the rape had had a shocking effect on the complainant who described in a victim impact statement how she had been left feeling “isolated and alone”.

The victim said she found if difficult to trust men and still suffered flashbacks of what Tawerghi did to her.

Tawerghi now faces automatic deportation from this country because his jail term is more than 12 months.