September 2023

Monster caged for 18 years after attempting to rape child

A monster has continued to deny his horrifying sex crimes as he is jailed for 18 years.

Ashif Nashaat is starting the lengthy stint behind bars after he was found guilty of two counts of attempted rape.

In one of the sickening incidents, the now 41-year-old tried to rape a child under the age of 13.

Years later, he attempted to rape his victim, who was then over the age of 16. But the cruel Middlesbrough sex offender has continued to deny the charges forcing his victim to give evidence during a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

In an impact statement, read out by prosecutor Johnny Walker, the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: “I feel it’s very difficult to put into words how this case and this man Ashif Nashaat has made me feel.

“I feel so numb, I have lost my trust in everything.”

“It ruined me as a person,” they added.

“I honestly feel ashamed about what has happened to me – I know I shouldn’t but I do.

“I’m never going to have a normal life ever. This will always be in my life, I just hope I have the strength to move forward.”

Nashaat, who was represented by Alex Menary, spoke only to confirm his name and that he could hear the proceedings as he attended via a video link from HMP Durham.

The 41-year-old had previously been convicted of harassing a former partner.

Mr Menary said the defendant continues to deny the two offences.

During sentencing, Judge Howard Crowson outlined that the sentences for both offences must be served consecutively.

Speaking of the second offence, he added: “I cannot regard you as a man with no similar offending – you were simply a man who by then had not been discovered to be a sexual offender.”

Nashaat, of Diamond Road, Middlesbrough, was jailed for 11 years – one year of which will be served on extended licence – for the attempted rape of a child and an additional eight years for the attempted rape on a person over the age of 16.

He will be subject to a notification requirement – the Sex Offenders’ Register – indefinitely and made subject of a sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order.