A man found guilty of raping a woman in Bristol has been senteced to a seven-year hospital order. On August 26 earlier this year, Gabriel Nomafo, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of one count of rape by a jury at Bristol Crown Court.
The court had heard how during a night out on Friday, March 29, 2019, Mr Nomafo had followed his 21-year-old victim in the Fishponds area of Bristol then raped her. She had been returning from a night out with friends in the city centre at the time of the attack.
Forensic investigation linked the defendant to the case, and he was charged in September 2020. At Bristol Crown Court on November 11, a judge sentenced him to seven years under a hybrid hospital order. Nomafo will continue to be detained in hospital for his own health and safety.
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If this is no longer necessary, he will them be transferred to prison to serve any remaining sentence. Because of the nature of the offence, Nomafo will not be eligible for early release.
Office in case Detective Constable Mike Coleman, said: “I am pleased with the verdict. The victim in this case has shown a huge amount of courage and resilience throughout this investigation and the trial, she deserves credit for this and I hope she can draw some degree of closure from the court result.
“Nomafo’s actions on the night of the offence were predatory and opportunistic. He identified the victim as having separated from her friends and followed her.
“We will always take crimes such as these very seriously and rigorously pursue the offenders. I would like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service and the trial barrister for their hard work and professionalism in bringing this case through the courts.”