October 23rd, 2016

Child rapist jailed after appeal

Child rapist jailed after appeal Child rapist jailed after appeal

A CHILD rapist from Whitnash has been jailed after police appealed his ‘unduly lenient’ sentence.

Jonathon Rouse of Heathcote Road, was handed a two year suspended sentence for historic attacks on children, including one count of rape and four counts of indecent assault.

But the West Midlands Police detectives who had investigated the case felt justice had not been served and appealed the decision.

At the court of appeal on January 26. the attorney general agreed the sentence was too lenient and 47-year-old Rouse was jailed for three years.

Det Con Katy Roberts, from Coventry’s Public Protection Unit, said: “We hope this sends a message to anyone who has been subjected to sexual abuse that we will work hard to ensure justice is served.

“Rouse subjected these women – who were children at the time – to sustained sexual abuse over a number of years. The impact it had on their life is still felt today and they were extremely brave to come forward.

“We are pleased with the jail sentence and we hope that the women will now be able to take comfort from this and use this to continue to rebuild their lives.

“We hope that this will also reassure anyone who has been a victim of abuse that West Midlands Police will listen to their concerns and support them throughout the judicial process and beyond.”