Rape suspect arrested after woman found unconscious in Portslade

Posted On 09 Mar 2020 at 5:51 pm

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman was found unconscious in Portslade late last night (Sunday 8 March).

Sussex Police said that officers were called to a property in Station Road, Portslade, at 11.15pm where they found the woman who was said to be in her twenties.

She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she has since regained consciousness and is receiving specialist support.

A 40-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of rape and remained in custody for questioning today.

Sussex Police said: “Police were called at 11.15pm on Sunday 8 March to a report of a woman unconscious.

“A 40-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of rape and remains in custody for questioning.

“The woman – in her twenties – was taken to hospital where she has regained consciousness and is receiving medical attention.

“The suspect and the victim are believed to be known to each other and this is being treated as an isolated incident.

“Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101, quoting serial 1339 of 08/03.”

UPDATE: Peraslingam Nanthvavaraman, also known as Nanthyvarman Perasalingam and Nambi Peraslingam, 40, of Sheppard Way, Portslade, has been charged with attempted rape and causing a woman actual bodily harm (ABH) with the intention of committing an offence.

The ABH is understood to refer to giving the woman a spiked drink.

He has been remanded in custody to await trial.

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