Violent Leeds student made rape comment during 'deeply unpleasant' attack on housemate

A student carried out a drunken assault on his housemate after they were refused entry to a bar in Leeds city centre.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 6:00 am

Klino Armando said to the victim "you haven't been raped before" as he pinned her to the ground during the attack at their shared home.

Armando turned violent after he and his friends were refused entry to a bar during a night out in Leeds on November 24 last year.

Robert Galley, prosecuting, said the group went to get food at McDonalds, on Briggate, where Armando became agitated and abusive.

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Leeds Crown Court

The 20-year-old got into a taxi with his friends but they were told to get out by the driver because of his behaviour.

Armando then pushed the victim to the floor before putting his hands around her neck.

Members of the public intervened and Armando ran off.

The violence continued when Armando returned home in a taxi.

The defendant pinned the victim to the floor with her arms by her sides and said: "You haven't been raped before."

Mr Galley said other females in the property managed to stop the attack and Armando broke down in tears as police made their way to the property.

The victim suffered bruising to her neck, chest and arm.

Armando, of Coverdale, Meanwood, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard Armando was given a conditional discharge in August last year for assaulting an emergency worker.

A police officer found the defendant "acting bizarrely" in the Call Lane area.

Armando kicked out at the officer as he was being put into a police van.

He was then convicted of an offence of battery a month later after he punched a woman at Bramley Festival and caused her to fall into a bar.

Armando was made the subject of a rehabilitation requirement order for that offence.

Robin Frieze, mitigating, said Armando had pleaded guilty to his latest offence at an early stage.

Mr Frieze said the defendant was sorry for what he had done and had given up alcohol to address his offending behaviour.

He added that Armando had been suffering from depression when he committed the offences.

Armando was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and complete a 25-day rehabilitation order.

Judge Simon Batiste said: "You assaulted her in a deeply unpleasant way.

"You are a 20-year-old man, a student and clearly of some intelligence.

"This is not the first time such behaviour has taken place.

"When I came in to court today, one of my intentions was to lock up.

"If there is any repetition of this behavior you will be locked up."