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Student jailed for raping fellow under-graduate as she slept

A university under-graduate who raped a fellow student as she slept has been jailed for 16 years following a West Midlands Police investigation.

Akiel FlemmingAkiel Flemming, who was studying at the University of Wolverhampton, attacked the woman in the early hours of 1 October last year at their halls of residence in Stafford Street.

The 19-year-old awoke at 5am to find Flemming, from Albert Avenue in Manchester, having sex with her. He made off but moments later sexually assaulted another 19-year-old after creeping into her room and then entered a third room where he found a female student, also aged 19, asleep with her boyfriend.

He was arrested later that day from campus accommodation and was charged with rape, sexual assault and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Flemming, aged 26, denied the offences and claimed he’d been welcomed into the rooms and that the sexual contact was consensual.

However, he was found guilty of the offences by a jury and at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday (23 June) was jailed 16 years. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Detective Constable Tom Keady from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “We welcome the lengthy jail sentence handed to Flemming and hope this may start to give the victims and their families involved some kind of closure and sense of justice.

“Flemming’s actions were shocking: he prowled the corridors of the multi-occupancy accommodation and committed all three offences on the same morning during Fresher’s week targeting fellow students. 

“All three of Flemming’s victims have been greatly affected and their studies were interrupted.”

Judge Patrick Thomas QC told Flemming: “I am in no doubt you represent a significant risk to the public.”

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