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Man jailed for eight years following rape conviction

Custody image of Haithum Alsuliman
Haithum Alsuliman

A man has been jailed for eight years after being convicted of raping a woman in Bristol.

Haithum Alsuliman, of no fixed address, followed his victim after she got off a bus on Two Mile Hill Road on the evening of 30 March last year before attacking her a short time later on Sailsbury Avenue.

The 35-year-old was arrested three days later following a review of CCTV from the area and was subsequently charged.

During his trial in February this year, jurors were told he initially denied being involved in the incident even after his victim had positively identified him from images held on police systems.

He then changed his account, claiming his victim had consented, when he was told he was forensically linked to the incident.

PC David Stevenson said: “I would like pay tribute to victim in this case for the bravery she has shown.

“Having experienced the trauma of the incident, Alsuliman then put her through the further ordeal of a trial even though the evidence clearly pointed to him being the offender.

“She has shown great courage and bravery in standing up to him and supporting our investigation and I hope she is able to find some comfort in the knowledge that her attacker is now behind bars for some time.”

Victims of rape or sexual assault, recent or non-recent, can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website at www.thebridgecanhelp.org.uk or call 0117 342 6999.

You can also visit www.thisisnotanexcuse.org for details of charities and organisations who are experts in supporting victims.