Man jailed over University of Essex attempted rape

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A man has been jailed for five years for the attempted rape of a woman at a university.

Soban Ikram, 23, from Colchester, was found guilty of the attack on the University of Essex campus in Colchester.

The teenage woman was assaulted behind a lecture theatre at 02:00 on 7 October 2010.

Ikram, a student, was sentenced on Thursday at Chelmsford Crown Court after he was convicted in September.

After the hearing, Dc Tim Harris, of Essex Police, said: "This young woman showed great fortitude when forced by her attacker to give evidence against him in open court.

"Soban Ikram insisted she do so despite the weight of evidence against him, which included CCTV, forensics and multiple witnesses.

"When his own turn came to give evidence, his account was littered with fabrication and he even accused the police of using bullying tactics during his interview, which was plainly false."

Ikram, who was convicted of two counts of attempted rape, was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely.

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