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Traveller website rapist jailed

Abdelali Nachet
Nachet had advertised his flat on the website

A man has been jailed for 10 years for raping a tourist from Hong Kong at his flat in Leeds after meeting her on a website for travellers.

Abdelali Nachet subjected the 29-year-old to the attack after advertising his flat in Moortown on CouchSurfing.com.

The 34-year-old was found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Police said Nachet violated the woman's trust in the "most appalling way".

Nachet was found guilty at a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict at the original trial earlier this year.

The court was told the victim had been using the website to stay at members' homes as she travelled across Europe.

She wanted to visit Leeds and had contacted Nachet after seeing his advert on the website, which enables travellers to use each others homes for free accommodation.

Det Sgt Emma Wight said: "Nachet has preyed on the kindness and hospitality of those using the internet to meet new people and explore new places and hopefully the sentence will bring some closure to the victim and her family while also acting as a warning to those considering staying at strangers' homes on their own."

Daniel Hoffer, one of the founders of CouchSurfing, said: "CouchSurfing is saddened by the events in Leeds, and very thankful to the woman who brought her ordeal to court.

"Thanks to her bravery, Abdelali Nachet will not be able to victimize other people. Our thoughts are with the victim as she puts this difficult series of events behind her."



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