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Sexual predator from Edmonton jailed after attacking woman while she slept | #childpredator | #onlinepredator | #sextrafficing

The victim says she “cannot stress enough the significance of reporting an incident sooner” after successful conviction

Kemalettin Kurt (credit Met Police)

An Edmonton man who sexually abused a vulnerable woman while she slept has been jailed.

Kemalettin Kurt, aged 28 of Woodstock Crescent, was found guilty of sexual assault and assault by penetration following a four-day trial at Southwark Crown Court in May and was yesterday (Monday 26th) sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and two years on an extended licence.

The victim survivor, a woman in her 20s, suffers from a sleep disorder, meaning she can fall asleep without warning and cannot fight to keep herself awake.

Detective Sergeant Henh Song said: “This man took complete advantage of a vulnerable woman. I would like to commend the victim for her bravery throughout the investigation and her willingness to give such strong evidence in court. I know this sentencing will not take away her trauma but I hope it offers her some justice.”

On 26th October 2019 the victim went out with friends to a nightclub just off Tottenham Court Road. Here she was introduced to Kurt. They partied with her friends in the club.

At the end of the evening the victim and her friends went back to a mutual friend’s flat for an after-party. At 4am the next day the victim remembers relaxing on a sofa when she felt tired and fell asleep. A couple of friends carried the victim on to a bed and went back to the living room.

Kurt entered the room while she was asleep and sexually assaulted her. He then left the room and went back to the living room. Once the victim was able to become fully awake she alerted her friends, having realised what had happened to her.

Kurt left the property. The victim made her way home and after speaking with other friends she reported the attack to police.

An investigation was launched by officers and Kurt was later identified after DNA was found on the victim’s underwear. He was arrested on 4th November 2019.

The victim survivor said: “When I initially reported the incident, I was hesitant, but luckily enough I had friends who encouraged me to report it. I’m glad that I did because it ended up being rewarding.

“I got the justice I needed. I had the most supportive officer who genuinely believed in me. She also fought as hard as she could for me and that helped me a lot. I think that’s integral for cases like these. The success rate is so low that I always needed that boost to think that I still had a chance at receiving justice.

“I really want others who have been in a similar situation to have the courage to report the incident. I also cannot stress [enough] the significance of reporting an incident sooner. It means you can collect the evidence whilst it’s still fresh in your mind and collect any DNA before it goes away.

“The jury have a lot of pressure to determine someone’s life so making sure the DNA is available to find is key. I also encourage people to go straight to the station, as doing it online results in the police showing up at your door and depending on the situation you are in, it may not be the best option.

“But most of all, we need people to believe that justice is available for survivors of sexual assault and rape. It may not come in the way that you would expect it to but it can be obtainable.”

Kurt has been placed on the sex offender’s register for life.

Anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence can find specific information on the Met Police website, which includes information about agencies and charities that can offer support:
Visit met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault

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