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12-year-old raped by man she met on internet

Sussex Police are investigating a serious sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl Credit: Sussex Police

Parents are being warned of the dangers of mobile phone social media apps after a 12-year-old girl was raped in Sussex by a man she met on the internet.

The schoolgirl had arranged to meet a man who said he was 18 after they had been in contact through two phone apps, Whisper and Kik.

The youngster first met the man when he picked her up from outside Goring railway station, West Sussex, in a silver/grey Fiat Punto at 3pm on June 5.

They drove to a car par at the end of Angmering High Street where they kissed before the man dropped her off in Worthing. Then two days later, at about midday on June 7, the pair met again outside Tesco Express in Rectory Road, Worthing, before he drove her to the same place in Angmering where they walked to a nearby wooded area where they had sexual intercourse, only stopping when they saw dog walkers nearby.

The incidents were not reported to Sussex Police until June 25.

"This is is a clear case of a naive, vulnerable and trusting 12-year old girl being groomed online by a manipulative older man, whose exact age is not yet clear. He is described as white, aged about 18, about 6'1" and of slim build, with short black hair in a quiff. Do you recall seeing them or the car at any point in Worthing or Angmering on those days ? If you did, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call us on 101, quoting serial 1356 of 25/06. This case is another example of what can result from unwary and unsupervised use of the web by young people who need to be really careful in their contacts with people they do not know."

– Detective Constable Lee Simmonds

Appeal after serious sexual assault

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following a rape in Deddington, near Banbury.

Police were called at 00.20am yesterday to Church Street in Deddington.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman, was found in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul Church, Church Street, Deddington.

“Today extra police patrols will be in Deddington to reassure the local community after this distressing incident. I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation as the investigation continues and I would appeal to anyone who has any information to talk to the officers in the village or call Thames Valley Police on 101.”

– Supt Kath Lowe, LPA Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire

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Appeal after serious sexual assault

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a woman was raped in Bournemouth.

The incident happened at around 11.20pm last night near to St Swithuns Road.

The victim, an 18-year-old local woman, was waiting at the bus stop outside the Texaco garage on Holdenhurst Road at around 11.10pm when she was approached by a man.

She was then led by the offender down St Swithuns Road to a car park where she was raped.

The offender is described as white, about 30 years old, five feet six inches tall and with short brown hair. He was wearing a red coat with white stripes down the arms and dark jeans. He spoke broken English with a non-British accent.

The victim and offender are not known to each other.

No arrests have been made.

“I am appealing to anyone who has information about this incident to contact me urgently. I am keen to hear from anybody who was in the area at the relevant times who saw or heard something suspicious. I would also urge anyone who recognises the description of the suspect to come forward. This was a traumatic attack for the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers. I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this serious nature are very rare in Dorset.”

– Detective Constable Ross Graham, of Bournemouth CID

Hampshire Police to pay rape victim £20,000

Hampshire Police has apologised to a rape victim and agreed to pay her a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after she was initially arrested by officers, according to a report.

Hampshire Constabulary has reached an agreement with the woman, named only as Laura, after she began proceedings against the force under the Human Rights Act.

She was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in 2012 after forensic tests on her clothes did not return a result. But the Crown Prosecution Service ordered it to be re-tested and her attacker was eventually jailed for five years in 2013.

Chief Superintendent David Powell admitted the initial handling of the case had been "poor". He was quoted as saying: "We have already personally apologised to the victim and her mother and I repeat here now that we are sorry for how we let her down.

"The initial officers involved did not treat this victim in a way that she or any other victim would deserve to be treated. We deeply regret this."

Addressing other sexual assault victims, he added: "We do believe you, we appreciate how hard it is to come forward to report these offences ... we are doing everything to ensure we never have an initial response like this again."

Rapist jailed for eight years

Emmanuel Mutandi has been sentenced to eight years in prison Credit: Dorset Police

A man who raped and assaulted a woman in Bournemouth has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Emmanuel Mutandi, 22, from Bedfordshire, was found guilty of rape and assault at Bournemouth Crown Court today.

The court heard how Mutandi approached his victim at around 4.30am on Saturday 2 August 2014 along Southcote Road, Bournemouth.

He offered her £40 for sex, before he left to get money from a cash machine. When he returned they both went to a nearby church yard where he instead offered the victim £20. She protested and refused full intercourse, but agreed to perform another sexual act.

The victim then tried to walk away before Mutandi raped her and then punched her in the head, face and arms. He then demanded his money back.

The victim managed to escape and raise the alarm at a nearby house before she was taken to hospital.

“This was a vicious attack. It took great courage for the victim to come forward, report this crime and support the prosecution. I hope that this case shows that police take such allegations seriously and will fully support victims. I encourage any victims of sexual assault to come forward.”

– Detective Inspector Steve Symms, of Bournemouth CID

Man begins 20 year jail term for rape

Warren Manderson has been sentenced to 20 years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A St Leonards man is starting a 20-year prison sentence for a series of seven rapes, and other attacks, on a 47-year old woman known to him.

Warren Manderson, 51, unemployed, of Terrace Road, St Leonards, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 16 April, having been convicted by a unanimous jury verdict of seven rapes, an attempted rape, false imprisonment, actual bodily harm and two common assaults.

In sentencing Manderson, Judge Scott-Gall described Manderson as a 'conceited, nasty violent bully' and characterised his actions as ''dreadful, grotesque, violent degradation, horrible cowardly things to do, consistent with the man that you have become. You have shown not a flicker of remorse and are a deceitful, vicious, violent liar.'

Police were called to Manderson's flat in October last year after he gone out, locking the woman, who was in very distressed state, inside. As police arrived and were forcing the door open Manderson re-appeared outside, made to confront the officers, and was immediately arrested.

The woman then disclosed to detectives how she had been abused and sexually assaulted by Manderson over the previous two years.

"The victim was very brave first in disclosing to us this terrible sequence of events, which she had up to till then kept largely bottled up in her mind, and then giving the evidence against Manderson over several hours in court. We were able to reassure and support her throughout this process, ensuring that she was allowed to consider special measures whilst giving her evidence in court. However her bravery extended not only to giving evidence live in the court room, but without the additional benefit of screening between her and the defendant, stating that she wanted to regain control. This sentence again shows that victims can come and talk to the police in confidence, knowing that their experiences will be taken very seriously and fully investigated."

– Detective Constable Naomi Morrison

"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those around me who have supported me through one of the most difficult times of my life. I am overjoyed to have gotten the justice that so many are afraid to fight for, but would like to assure all those women and men out there who are in or have been in a similar situation that it is never too late and that Sussex Police have supported me thoroughly throughout this whole event. There were times I felt I wanted to give up but it was the support of my family and friends that kept me going and for this I am forever grateful. Again I would like to assure those in abusive relationships that it is no longer acceptable and that you are not the ones making it happen! Just like me, you are and will be strong enough to get out of the situation, but need to speak up as too many of us hide behind fake smiles and pretend that everything is "OK" when truthfully it isn't."

– Victim

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Woman pleads guilty to false allegation of rape

Nicole Richess, 20, from Bournemouth has pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court of perverting the course of public justice after falsely alleging that she had been raped by two soldiers now aged 23 and 24, when she was 18.

She will be sentenced on 26 march at Bournemouth Crown Court.

“Rape is a very serious criminal offence and happens when someone has not consented to a sexual act. Nicole Richess was not raped; she made two false allegations against two soldiers because she had been confronted by her boyfriend who had been made aware that she had been unfaithful. The investigation by Dorset Police into her allegations revealed that on Friday 9 November 2012, she went out for the evening with girlfriends in Bournemouth. They went clubbing and she, with one of her friends, met four young men, army soldiers. Nicole Richess then took the two soldiers to her home where they had sexual intercourse. What she did not know is that her boyfriend of three years would be aware of what happened through rumours, as a result he confronted her. Scared she started to make up stories and after three days of being pressurised by her boyfriend she went to the police and said she had been raped. She maintained her story during the police investigation, which quickly revealed discrepancies in her statement. Her selfishness and lies had serious consequences professionally and personally on the two young men, who had to be disciplined according to the Army Policy. The investigation went on their record and this limited their opportunities to be mobilised abroad. Their private lives had been exposed only because Nicole Richess could not take responsibility for her actions. We hope that with this conviction, they will be able to move on with their lives.”

– Sophie Stevens, Crown Prosecution Service

Rapist jailed for historic offences

A man from Hove has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape. Patrick Foley, who's 83 years old, was convicted of seven counts of rape against a girl, when she was aged between 11 and 18. The jury at Lewes Crown Court unanimously found him guilty of all seven counts between 1968 and 1975.

Rapist Patrick Foley jailed Credit: Sussex Police

The victim has had to live with this for the last forty years and this is a fantastic result for her. She has shown enormous courage in coming forward and talking to us about what she endured and now she has the justice she deserves. I would urge anyone who has suffered any form of historic abuse to also have the courage to come forward.

– Detective Constable Holly Hallahan

Rapist threatened to stab victim

Berhe Berhane thanked victim and threatened to kill her if she told anyone of ordeal Credit: Kent Police

A rapist who subjected his victim to a terrifying knifepoint ordeal and threatened to kill her if she told anyone has been jailed for 13 years.

Berhe Berhane, 22, from Willesborough in Ashford was sentenced to 16 years in total; 13 years in prison and a further three on licence, when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday 24 November. He was found guilty of carrying out four charges of rape in Canterbury by a jury on Wednesday 15 October.

On one occasion in July 2012 he first tried to attack her after they had been out for the evening where he pushed her to the ground and tried to get on top of her, but she escaped.

Then in April 2014 she was staying at her boyfriend’s house and was woken by the noise the other housemates were making. Berhane then came into her room with a knife. He told the victim he was going to stab her if she didn’t do what he asked. He then forced her toperform a sex act on him and then forced her to have sex with him twice. He even told her she wasn’t showing enough enthusiasm.

After he had finished he got up and thanked his victim, threatened to kill her if she told anyone, and then walked out of the room. The victim said she felt scared to tell anyone in case he carried out his threat then got dressed and went to work. The victim did confide in a friend and reported the attacks. Berhane was arrested by Kent Police and charged on 21 April 2014.

This man subjected the victim to a terrifying ordeal and made threats to her life should she tell anyone. So I commend her bravery incoming forward and reporting what had happened to her. We would alwaysencourage victims to come forward. And now Berhane is locked away and unable to cause any more harm.

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Brigitte Collard
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