Woman praises police after rapist put behind bars

A woman who saw her rapist put behind bars has praised the “fantastic” support she received from police. James Walton was jailed for four and a half years, given a ten-year restraining order and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Walton, 46 from Suffolk raped the victim, who was in her 20s during a first date in Ely on March 25, 2018. They had been messaging each other for a few weeks and had agreed to meet at a coffee shop.

Afterwards, Walton offered to show the woman his car and once inside overpowered her. Despite repeatedly being told no, he raped her.

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On August 25, Walton, of Mayhew Road, Woodbridge, was found guilty of rape by a jury at Peterborough Crown Court. On October 31, at the same court, he was jailed for four and a half years, handed a ten-year restraining order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Following his sentence, the woman said: “I cannot thank the police officers DC Kellymarie Harman and PC Yasmin Bellamy-Brace enough for all their support, guidance, and hard work; their constant reassurance is what got me through. You hear so many negative things about the police, but they have honestly been amazing. It’s been a long road, but I am thrilled with the outcome.

“My heart has been aching for so long, but I feel I can finally start to move on with my life, being happy and spending time with my beautiful daughter. I would urge more women to come forward, although it is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. The support you get whilst going through this process is fantastic. It just goes to show the justice system works.”

Detective Constable Harman said: “It took bravery to come forward and support this conviction and I hope this prison sentence gives her some sense of closure and justice. I would like to take this opportunity to echo her words and encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of any form of sexual abuse to report it to police.

“Please be assured that we will always treat you with the utmost sensitivity and respect.” If you or someone you love has been the victim of a serious sexual offence, there are support options available on the police rape and sexual assault page.

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