Virginia Hale, Breitbart, October 18, 2017
According to The Telegraph, Al-Sharmary’s victim — who is white, British, and in her thirties — was in tears, with her underwear pulled down to her ankles, when found lying face down following the attack on May 17.
“I left the pub and he came over to me and pushed me over on the grass of the river bank,” she told police, in a video statement which was played to the jury.
“I fell face down with my arms in front of me and I turned to look at him and he punched me in the face.
“He punched me again with his fist and hit me on the nose, when I put my hand to my face it was covered in blood.
“Then he got on top of me from behind, I could feel his weight on me. He pulled down my jeans and my pants and I could feel that he was raping me.
“He told me not to say anything or he would come back and hurt me. He made me feel horrible, scared and frightened.”
Earlier in the trial, prosecutor Paul Abrahams told the court that the 21-year-old Kuwaiti had launched an attack on the British woman hours after drinking whisky and watching pornographic videos on his mobile telephone.
After he was arrested nearby, Al-Shamar refused to speak to female police officers while in custody, and was heard to yell, “I am Saddam Hussein!”, and refer to England as a “bitch country” on two occasions.
A jury convicted the bearded Kuwaiti, who moved to Darlington at the end of 2016, by a majority verdict, but Judge Sean Morris adjourned sentencing for three weeks, while a “report looking into his attitude towards women” is prepared.
He said: “I need to know more about him and his attitudes to the female sex.
“It is clearly going to be a substantial sentence, the only issue is whether it is going to be an extended sentence.”