Appeal to extend rapist’s jail sentence fails

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Krystian Kwarta
Krystian Kwarta was jailed for eight years for raping a woman at West Quay shopping centre

A MILFORD man jailed for eight years for a “violent, pre-meditated” rape will not have his term extended after an appeal failed.

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Krystian Kwarta (20) was sent down at Southampton Crown Court in July over the attack on a 21-year-old victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – at West Quay shopping centre.

Kwarta, of Keyhaven Road, had pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of assault. He was also told that upon his eventual release he will be subject to a four-year licence period.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said an appeal had been lodged against the term imposed.

But solicitor general Michael Ellis QC MP, deputy to attorney general Suella Braverman QC MP, opted not to put it before the Court of Appeal after giving it “careful consideration”.

The spokesman added: “The Solicitor General was shocked by this brutal and violent attack, and wishes to express his deepest sympathies to the victim and her family.

“A referral under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme to the Court of Appeal can only be made if a sentence is not just lenient but unduly so, such that the sentencing judge made a gross error or imposed a sentence outside the range of sentences reasonably available in the circumstances of the offence.

“The threshold is a high one, and the test was not met in this case.”

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