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‘Predatory sex offender’ jailed after attacking pensioner in her own home

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Original article from Kent Live

A "dangerous" sex offender has been locked up after attacking an elderly woman in her own home.

Soufyan Yahyaoui, 41, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after forcing his way inside his victim's home in Tunbridge Wells and viciously attacking her.

Yahyaoui went to the woman's home on the evening of May 12, 2020, and claimed he was there to check on her welfare. But then he forced his way inside and attacked her.

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The victim was left unconscious for some time and she also suffered carpet burns, suggesting she had been dragged along the floor.

Kent Police also said attempts had been made to sexually assault her.

The victim's neighbours heard the disturbance and when they challenged Yahyaoui he ran off.

Police officers were pointed in the direction he had run and soon arrested him.

During an interview, conducted by Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, Yahyaoui denied any wrongdoing.

However, at Maidstone Crown Court he pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm, breaching a sexual harm prevention order and criminal damage. He denied charges of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence and sexual assault.

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Following a trial, Yahyaoui was sentenced on Friday, August 20, to 13 years' imprisonment and will serve a minimum of eight years before he can be considered for parole. He will also be subject to an extended licence period of one year and was added to the sex offenders register, indefinitely.

Detective Inspector Adam Marshall said: "Yahyaoui is a dangerous and predatory sex offender. He has deliberately targeted a vulnerable and elderly victim and subjected her to a truly harrowing ordeal.

"His actions have caused immeasurable long-term harm and distress, for which he has shown absolutely no remorse. Instead, Yahyaoui has chosen to subject his victim to further upset by making them endure a trial. I would like to thank and commend the victim for the tremendous courage they have shown to give evidence and help us ensure Yahyaoui is now serving a significant prison sentence.

"I would also like to thank witnesses in this case, whose intervention and testimony has also been important in securing these convictions. The streets are certainly a safer place now he is in prison and I hope the sentence will provide some comfort to the victim that at least justice has now been served."

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