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Man jailed for rape
4:46pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Echo News
A MAN has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for raping a woman in Southend last year.
A woman in her 40s was sexually assaulted in a flat near Prittlewell railway station overnight on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, 2012.
Sikhonzile Sibanda was arrested at his home on nearby Maldon Road a few days later and subsequently charged with one count of rape.
At Basildon Crown Court on Friday the 37-year-old carer was found guilty and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.
Sibanda was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for her life.