A JURY has found a man guilty of raping a university student at an Oxford churchyard.

Khaliz Alshimery, 46, was on trial at Oxford Crown Court charged with rape, assault by penetration and three counts of sexual assault after the incident on November 19 last year.

The student, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was walking home from a night out when Alshimery dragged her into St Clement’s churchyard, off Marston Road, and assaulted her.

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She said the man had then thanked her before allowing her to flee.

Alshimery, who was staying at a Holiday Inn in Blackbird Leys at the time, denied the offences and told police the student had asked him for £50 for sex and everything that happened was consensual.

However, a jury found him guilty on Monday (May 20) of all five counts.

The defendant made no reaction as the verdicts were read out.

During the trial, it was heard that the girl was heading home at about 2.30am when she noticed the defendant on the High Street in Oxford.

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He began ‘hassling’ the girl, before ‘wrapping’ himself around her and touching her breasts.

Alshimery then forced her into the churchyard and raped her against a concrete block.

A sentencing date has now been set to take place at the same court on June 21.