A man has been found guilty of raping a woman after a night out in Manchester. 23-year-old Fabrice Kapena of Collyhurst was found guilty following a trial at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, he received an eight-year prison sentence on the 23rd of October.
The 24-year-old victim was on a night out with a friend in Deansgate Locks on the 17th of May 2014 when the incident happened. The victim could not find her friend in the early hours of the morning so she remained in Sugar Budha when Kapena, who later offered to share a taxi with her, befriended her. Kapena insisted that the taxi could take him home before dropping the victim on to her address, however when the arrived at Kapena’s address he paid for the taxi and said he would phone for another to take the young girl home.
The pair went inside Kapena’s house and he began to touch her inappropriately, the victim stated she did not want sexual relations with Kapena before he began to rape her. After enduring the debacle the victim fled the address and immediately contacted the police.
Detective Constable Sophie Swift remarked “Kapena appeared to genuinely want to help the victim get home and gained her trust after she could not find her friend. I would like to praise the bravery of the woman in helping us piece this investigation together and supporting a prosecution. Thankfully, he was caught and has been brought to justice”.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims. If you or someone that you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer tin silence but to report it to the police or a support agency.