Lewes rapist jailed for 20 years

A Lewes man has been jailed for 20 years for a series of rapes, assaults and drug offences.

Ardian Maurturi, 33, who at the time of the offences was living in Farncombe Road, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday February 21, having been convicted of a number of offences.

He received 15 years for each of three rapes, to run at the same time; five more years to run consecutively for possession of cocaine with intent to supply; and sentences of two years for false imprisonment, six months each for two offences of causing actual bodily harm, six months each for two offences of assault by beating, and six months for acting with intent to pervert the course of justice.

The court also ordered the confiscation from Maurturi of £5,842 cash, assessed as proceeds of drugs dealing.

As an Albanian national, Maurturi also faces automatic deportation on his release.

The offences came to light when a 25-year-old woman walked into Brighton police station on an afternoon in September last year to report that she had just had to have her cat put to sleep by a vet after Maurturi had attacked it, and that she had been beaten and raped by him.

When local officers went to the Farncombe Road address to arrest him, Maurturi tried to escape by jumping out of a second floor window, but succeeding only in breaking his leg, and was immediately detained.

Detective Constable Jamie Pooley said; “Our investigation then uncovered a horrific account of the way in which he had subjected the victim to physical and sexual abuse.

“Eventually she had the courage to report him and support the prosecution which has resulted in a dangerous and vicious offender, who also dealt in drugs, being prevented from abusing any more women.”