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Last Updated: Friday, 2 April, 2004, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
Student jailed over sex attack
High Court in Edinburgh
Sentence was passed on Mvula at the High Court in Edinburgh
A student who carried out a sex attack on a sleeping girl in his hall of residence room has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Jailing Malawi-born Frank Mvula, 22, Judge Roderick Macdonald told him he would be sent to prison for a "nasty" offence.

The judge also said he would recommend that Mvula should be deported at the end of his jail term.

He had been studying at Stirling University on a student visa.

An earlier trial heard how Mvula had invited the 18-year-old first-year student up to his room after they met up, by chance, on Stirling University's campus during a Saturday night out.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that she later woke, in pain, to find Mvula committing a serious sex assault.

The attack ended when she pushed him off and fled, the court heard.

Passing sentence, the judge said: "She was the worse for drink and when she fell asleep you took advantage of her.

"Your victim was very distressed immediately afterwards."

Mvula was in the third year of a marketing course at Stirling University at the time of the incident on 13 April, 2003.

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