A Coventry man already serving a prison sentence for sex offences has been convicted of the rape of a teenager.
Zoaeir Tamari, aged 21 from Queen Mary’s Road, was jailed in February and is serving nine and a half years for human trafficking for the purpose of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and the sexual assault of two young girls aged 13 and 14.
After a trial lasting four days Tamari was found guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl at a flat in Foleshill in August 2014.
And at Leamington Justice Centre today (Thursday 6 July) Tamari was sentenced to a further eight years to begin halfway through his existing nine and a half year jail term. He will also be placed on the Sex Offender Register for life.
Detective Inspector Jo Floyd, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This is another victory for our CSE team who work tirelessly along with Coventry’s Horizon team to protect young people from sexual predators such as Tamari.
“Young people can find themselves in desperate situations, often through drink or drugs, but no means no, and rape is a crime for which we will use the full force of the law to bring offenders to justice.
“There are a number of agencies who can help young people and their parents or carers to report incidents and get the support they need.”
Where to get help:
The See Me Hear Me campaign is raising awareness of the signs of child sexual exploitation amongst parents, professionals and young people themselves.
Supported by West Midlands Police, the region’s seven local authorities and children’s charities, the See Me Hear Me website explains how to spot the signs of exploitation and where to go to get help. Find out more at www.seeme-hearme.org.uk
If you are – or know anyone who is – being sexually exploited, please call us on 101. If you would prefer to give information anonymously, you can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The dedicated number for Coventry’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is 02476 788555
Childline also have counsellors available online at www.childline.org.uk
*The Horizon Team – a special multi-agency team set up to discover, disrupt and tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Coventry.
Source:: West Midlands Police News