HMA v Kufre Uwem

At the High Court in Glasgow today 26 March 2018, Lord Arthurson sentenced Kufre Uwem to seven years and six months imprisonment after the accused was convicted of one charge of rape and a charge of assault with intent to rape. On sentencing Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

“On 26 February 2018 at Aberdeen High Court you were convicted of extremely serious sexual offending against two women.

"Your first victim was an 18-year-old first year university student who had met you by chance in Aberdeen city centre on the evening of 17 October 2012. That night you took her to your flat where you assaulted her and raped her.

“In a detailed victim impact statement she has described the ‘monumental impact’ which your crime had on her life for a period of years. You subjected your second victim, on 30 October 2016, again in Aberdeen, to a degrading penetrative sexual assault to injury with intent to rape, in her own flat.

“You had no criminal convictions prior to these offences. Your two post-offence convictions are of a relatively minor and non-analagous nature and I will treat you today as a first offender. The criminal justice social work report prepared for this sentencing hearing makes plain that you accept no level of responsibility for your crimes.

“I have listened carefully to the submissions advanced in mitigation this morning by your counsel, and take into account everything that has been said on your behalf in imposing sentence upon you. On any view, the consequences of this conviction for your personal, family and working life are truly catastrophic.

“In the whole circumstances before the court, I have concluded that your criminal conduct represents violent and predatory sexual offending which by its gravity merits the imposition of a very substantial period of imprisonment. In the event that I had elected to sentence on these charges separately, I would have imposed custodial terms of six years on charge one and four years on charge two respectively. On the basis that, notwithstanding the four year gap in time between these crimes, your offending can be viewed as a single course of criminal conduct, and having regard to the requirement to impose an overall sentence which is proportionate, I now impose an in cumulo sentence of seven years and six months imprisonment. This will be backdated to 26 February 2018, being the date of your initial remand in custody in respect of this indictment.

“Finally, you will now be subject to the notification requirements of Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for an indefinite period”.