Ethiopian refugee who raped two women within eight hours jailed for life in UK

The 32-year-old will serve a minimum of 10 years.
The 32-year-old will serve a minimum of 10 years. Photo credit: West Midlands Police

An Ethiopian refugee has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the UK for raping two women within eight hours.

Temesgen Desta, 32, was sentenced in the Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday (local time), after earlier being found guilty of rape, the BBC reports.

Police said his first attack was at a beach in Liverpool, and the second in an apartment in Birmingham. He grabbed both women by their throats before committing the attacks on March 15.

Desta had traumatised and distressed the women, who "feared for their lives," said Det Supt Nick Walton, the BBC reports.

Representing himself at the hearing on Wednesday, Desta, who previously denied any wrongdoing, described himself as "hard-working".

"I'm not a criminal," Desta said, according to Metro.

"I haven't seen my wife and my family for three years and I really miss them."

The judge however labelled Desta a "violent predatory rapist" before sentencing him to life, Metro reports. He'll serve a minimum of 10 years.