Judges increase prison term on iPad-film rapist

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A man who filmed himself on his tablet computer raping a woman has had his jail sentence almost doubled.

Court of Appeal judges agreed with Attorney General Dominic Grieve that the original term imposed on Hesam Khosravi at Minshull Crown Court in Manchester in January was “unduly lenient”, and increased it from six to 11 years.

It was argued on Mr Grieve’s behalf that six years failed to reflect the seriousness of the offence, the need for deterrence and the “public concern” felt over such cases.

During the “sustained” attack in Trafford, Greater Manchester, the 24-year-old Iranian immigrant threatened his victim with a knife. The judges were told that other “aggravating” features of the case included “deliberate and gratuitous violence” and “degradation and humiliation”, which included the filming on an iPad.

Increasing Khosravi’s sentence, Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with two other judges, said: “Watching the footage was an extraordinarily unpleasant task.

“The victim’s obvious pain and distress is excruciating to watch. How the victim must feel knowing that the recording has been and watched by outsiders one cannot imagine. The offender’s behaviour that night was simply cruel, and the lasting psychological harm he has caused is immeasurable.”