Sussex sex ring trial sees convicted rapist break down in dock

A man convicted of rape and arranging child prostitution collapsed in the dock as he was found guilty.

Khosrow Sobhanieh broke down as he, alongside three other men, was convicted in Sussex’s first child sex ring case at Hove Trial Centre today (March 27).

Hove Trial Centre

Hove Trial Centre

Stephen Daramola, 48, of Park Lane, Eastbourne, Kayla-Joseph, 27, of Elphick Road, Newhaven, and Mohammed Kamali, 46, of Wilmington Gardens, Eastbourne were all found guilty alongside Sobhanieh, 56, of North Lane, Guestling, of arranging child prostitution.

Two other men were cleared of all charges and found to be innocent.

Daramola, who owns Eastbourne restaurants, Picassos and Pablos, as well as nightclub Havanas, was additionally found guilty of supplying class A drugs, and guilty by a majority verdict of sexual assault.

Sobhanieh was found guilty by majority verdict of rape, and attempted rape. He was also found guilty of supplying class A drugs, and will be sentenced for a firearms offence not related to the case.

Left to right - Daramola, Kamali, Sobhanieh, Kayla-Joseph

Left to right - Daramola, Kamali, Sobhanieh, Kayla-Joseph

Kayla-Joseph and Kamali were also found guilty of supplying Class A drugs.

The offences took place at Newhaven in May 2013, and concerned a teenage girl.

Kayla-Joseph gained the girl’s trust and was described as a ‘pimp’.

He and Kamali plied her with drugs and alcohol, before arranging for men to have sex with her for money.

Daramola sexually assaulted the victim and paid Kayla-Joseph £40.

On another occasion Sobahanieh raped and then attempted to rape her and gave Kayla-Joseph £60.

The four defendants will be sentenced by Judge Hayward on Monday at Hove Trial Centre.

Khalid Del-Rosario, 45, of Upperton Road and Giuseppe Carella, 19, of South Coast Road, Peacehaven, were cleared of all the charges against them today, when a jury acquitted them unanimously for arranging child prostitution and supplying class A drugs.

Restaurateur Del Rosario, who runs Rosetto in Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, was emotional when he found out he had been acquitted unanimously by the jury.

“It just shows there is still decent people around to be honest,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect. Your life is in twelve people’s hands. I’m happy my name has been cleared, and the name of my restaurant Rosetto needs to be cleared.”

For more on the case, see our breaking news story, here.

We have been asked to point out that this case is not associated with Picasso Express in Langney Shopping Centre.