Rapist from Grays to have ten-year jail term reviewed

A RAPIST rapper will have his ten year jail term reviewed by the Court of Appeal for being too lenient, it has been confirmed.

The Attorney General has officially referred the case of Olawale Hassan to the Court of Appeal after he was jailed for ten years and two months last year.

Hassan, 33, of Falcon Avenue, Grays, also known as “Goldie 1”, was convicted of three counts of raping a woman in his car outside Genting Casino in Southend in February 2017.

He maintained that he was innocent throughout the trial and when sentenced he shouted that the court was “racist”.

Any member of the public can ask the Attorney General’s office to examine sentences handed down by Crown Courts in England and Wales within 28 days of sentencing under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme (ULS).

Hassan was jailed on October 6 and a request was made to the Attorney General at the end of the month.

Now, the chief legal advisor’s office has referred the case to the Court of Appeal, and a date for the hearing will be confirmed in the near future.

The Court of Appeal is the highest court within the Senior Courts of England and Wales, and deals only with appeals from other courts or tribunals.

The court will have the final say on whether Hassan’s jail time should be increased.

Hassan was with his victim at various nightclubs in Southend on the same night of the attack.

He bought her a drink and before accompanying her and her friend to another nightclub.

Throughout the evening he repeatedly asked for her number and asked if she wanted to go back to his hotel room, which she rejected on each occasion.

At closing time, the victim was promised by Hassan that he would get her home safely. Her friend had left with her partner.

Initially, Hassan drove in the wrong direction along the seafront and has smoked cannabis in the car. After turning the car around, the victim realised that she was not safe.

Following his sentence, his victim described Hassan as “evil and delusional” and praised police for helping her throughout the criminal proceedings.

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