March 2018

Man who raped girl of 14 in Bristol is jailed

A man who raped and sexually abused a teenage girl has been jailed for 12 years.

Shahbaz Roberts forced himself on the girl, taking her virginity when she was 14.

He also touched her intimately, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Roberts, 27, was found guilty of four rapes, sexual assault of a child aged under 13, and three assaults by penetration.

Judge Michael Longman told him: “You continue to deny the offences. It does not aggravate the seriousness of the offences.

“Nothing can excuse your behaviour. It is plain you too suffered traumas in the past which may have effected your own moral outlook.”

James Ward, prosecuting, said the vulnerable young victim was abused in Bristol.

Referring to her impact statement, which was not read out in court, he said: “Whilst it contains the usual horrors that effect the psychology of the victim, it does not reach the level required to amount to severe psychological harm.”

Giles Nelson, defending, said his client, of Cole Road in Bruton, was a married father-of-two whose character references did nothing to suggest he was other than a respectful husband and decent father.