Judge brands would-be rapist “selfish” for keeping victims waiting for justice

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A top judge branded a would-be rapist “selfish” after he kept his victims waiting more than a year for justice.

Judge Steven Everett said Nuradine Jafar “didn’t have the guts” to face up to the fact he ruined the lives of three women.

The drunken 26-year-old sexually assaulted one victim, who then went looking for him with a knife, near Sefton Park.

She discovered he then tried to rape two more women nearby, laughing and screaming at his victims “I want sex”.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he would have raped the third woman but for a pair of heroic workmen who were passing by.

Jafar was arrested at the scene after the victims’ “utterly terrifying” ordeal in the early hours of Boxing Day in 2016.

He denied sexually assaulting the first woman, assaulting the second with an intent to rape her, and attempting to rape the third.

On the opening day of a trial last June, he changed his pleas to guilty, speaking with the assistance of a Somali interpreter.

The brave women attended court again in July, expecting to see Jafar, of Selbourne Street in Toxteth, receive his punishment.

But they burst into tears when callous Jafar applied to retract one of his guilty pleas, meaning the sentencing could not go ahead.

His legal representative had to withdraw, new counsel was instructed and the women endured a six-month wait for justice.

Jafar dropped the application last month, meaning he was finally jailed yesterday, for nine and a half years.

Augustine Iro, defending, said the incident was “harrowing” for the victims, but also for his client.

He said part of the reason for the application “or his prevarication” was his previous good character.

Mr Iro said: “He has found it extremely difficult to recognise himself from the individual who perpetrated these acts.”

He added the “sheer amount of alcohol” consumed by his client meant he “became something entirely different”.

Judge Everett said Jafar attacked the women for “drunken, selfish reasons” and had been “in denial”.

He said: “You decided to try certainly for some little while to somehow say ‘no that wasn’t me’.

“Well, you did a terrible thing and it’s time you properly faced up to that.

“You’re going to get some time to pause and consider that in custody.”

The judge said Jafar was “caught in the act” and “should have had the good sense” to admit his crimes sooner.

He said: “You made your victims wait for many months before you finally pleaded guilty.”

Judge Everett added: “You then decided you were going to contest count one.

“This case has been kept in abeyance for many months as you selfishly decided you were going to try and vacate your plea.

“You didn’t have the guts to look yourself in the face and say ‘yes, I did that, until very recently”.

Judge Everett told Jafar to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

Under the terms of the order, he banned him from Liverpool, adding: ““I want to make sure you never come back to this city again.

“You will not enter the county of Merseyside until further order – in other words for the rest of your life.

“I want these ladies to think there can be no chance of meeting you ever again.”

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