Rapist sentenced

Guilty: Davoud Taghinejad

Guilty: Davoud Taghinejad

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An Isle of Man teacher has been sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison after being found guilty by a jury of one rape and 10 sexual assaults.

Davoud Taghinejad who was employed at the Isle of Man college committed the offences against the girls aged between 13 and 17 who he taught maths to privately at his home in Douglas.

The 58-year-old was convicted on Friday after a two-week trial, having entered a not guilty plea last July. The jury took only around four hours to reach its verdict.

For the rape, Taghinejad was sentenced to nine years and for the sexual assaults he received a further six years. His name is to be placed indefinitely on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

On his release his licence period will be extended by five years during which he will be subject to further restrictions.

He will also be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his contact with young people under 18.

Passing sentence, Deemster Alastair Montgomerie praised the victims for coming forward and the way in which they had conducted themselves during the trial.

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