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British-Nigerian man gets 12-year sentence for brutal rape in Sheffield

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British-Nigerian man gets 12-year sentence for brutal rape in Sheffield

A British-Nigerian man, Abiola Tijani, 30, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a stranger in Sheffield.

Tijani, of Cherry Street, Sheffield, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on November 9, 2023.

He was found guilty of raping a woman as she walked home in the early hours of the morning on July 29, 2023.

The court heard how Tijani followed the victim, pushed her against some railings, and raped her.

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He was also given a lifetime restraining order prohibiting him from any contact with the victim.

“No sentence I pass will undo the harm you caused or be considered adequate. What you did is every woman’s worst nightmare,” the judge said.

Police Constable Sarah Frith, the officer in charge of this case, said, “The victim has shown great bravery during this case. I commend her for the strength of character she has shown in supporting a prosecution. We take every report of rape seriously at South Yorkshire Police and we hope this sentence goes someway towards giving the victim the justice she deserves”.

Tijani pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court on 8 September and was remanded.

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