A RAPIST who targeted a woman in a nightclub has been jailed.

David Jani was jailed for 15 years for the rape of a 25-year-old at his flat after a night out in Crawley.

Detective constable Emily Turner from Sussex Police said: “Jani was in a nightclub in Crawley where he, in effect, targeted his victim who was on her own, taking her to his address and raping her.

“We are really glad that the victim has now seen justice done.

“She supported our investigation throughout and gave her evidence in court, facing cross-examination.”

She later added: “This case shows once again how we will always support victims and seek to find the evidence to prosecute those who offend against them.”

The incident happened on August 13 and 14 last year.

After it was reported, an investigation was carried out by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit. This led to the arrest of Jani.

The 45-year-old of Shelley Road in Worthing was convicted of rape at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday.

He was given a custodial term of 12 years and an extension period of three further years on licence.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order also prohibits him from living with or inviting any person deemed as vulnerable into his home.

Jani will be a registered sex offender for life.

The victim thanked police, friends and family for their support during the investigation and trial.

She said: “I would like to say a special thanks to friends and family, and to Littlehampton and Crawley Police for ensuring that this case was dealt with swiftly, namely DC Emily Turner, DC Hugh Charles and PC Alexa Wood.

“I now have an incredibly long way to go mentally to rebuild my life, as well as my future.”