Man who raped Bristol student in her home has sentence extended

The man received an increased prison sentence after his case was referred to the Court of Appeal.

A man who entered the home of a then 19-year-old woman, in Bristol, and raped her has had his prison sentence extended.

Mohsen Gheibi, 45, was sentenced originally to 6 years 9 months’ imprisonment for the rape, at Bristol Crown Court on 13 May 2022.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

In a statement, the victim said: “The dreams I held where I felt like I could do anything, were now replaced with an embodiment of shame, disgust and hate for myself.

“I was numb, frozen in time as the world moved past me.”

Gheibi encountered the student late at night while she was walking home alone.

Attorney General, Suella Braverman QC MP felt Gheibi’s sentence was too lenient and referred it to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

Ms Braverman said: “Gheibi took advantage of a vulnerable woman and his actions have had a significant, lasting impact on the victim.

“Increasing Gheibi’s sentence both better reflects the severity of his crime and sends a clear message that violence against women and girls will be met with robust punishment.”

Today (26 August), the Court agreed that Gheibi’s original sentence was unduly lenient and increased it to 8 years 9 months’ imprisonment.