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Man jailed for Sheffield Halloween party rape

Jeremy Frazer Newsom Smith
Image caption Jeremy Smith had denied raping the woman outside a club in Attercliffe

A nightclub performer has been jailed for raping a woman at a Halloween fancy dress party in Sheffield.

Jeremy Frazer Newsome Smith, 45, of Regent Street, London, attacked his victim in the smoking area of a club in Attercliffe on 27 October last year.

He had denied raping the 20-year-old woman but was convicted following a three-day trial in August.

Smith was sentenced to five years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court by Judge Peter Kelson QC.

The victim had been at the La Chambre club with friends for a Halloween party and reported the rape to the club's manager the same evening.

PC Jessica Hawley, from South Yorkshire Police, said: "Smith denied the offence and forced his victim to relive her ordeal in court, which must have been incredibly hard for her.

"I would like to praise her for the tremendous courage and dignity she has shown during the investigation and court case.

"This man is now rightly starting a lengthy prison term and I hope today's sentencing allows the victim to move forward with her life."

Smith was also placed on the sex offenders' register for an indefinite period.

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