Man jailed over Norwich rape
A 25-year-old man who attacked a woman before attempting to rape her in Norwich, has today, Friday 22 January 2016, been given a 14 year extended sentence.
The attack, described by detectives as "extremely alarming" happened by the roadside in Drayton Road close to the junction with Aylsham Road on Sunday 6 September 2015.
The victim, who was walking home after being on a night out with friends in the city around 8.45pm, was punched in the head and face by Kieran Hawkshaw, knocking her unconscious resulting in facial injuries. Hawkshaw then attempted to rape her, but was disturbed by a female passer-by who came to the victim’s aid.
The woman took the victim back to her home address and reported the incident to police shortly after the attack. A number of enquiries were carried out initially, including public appeals, to trace the offender.
Hawkshaw, of Murrells Court, Norwich was tracked down by detectives from the Major Investigation Team as a result of forensic evidence.
He pleaded guilty at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 25 September and was today given a 14 year extended sentence. The judge ordered Hawkshaw to serve a minimum of five years in custody and to be placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
Detective Chief Inspector Tracey Little, from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, welcomed the sentence saying the lengthy jail time demonstrated the seriousness of the attack.
She said: "The sentence delivered by the judge appropriately reflects the seriousness of this extremely alarming attack. This was an attack on a vulnerable lone woman in a very public place, it doesn’t get much more worse than that”.
"Hawkshaw assaulted the victim with such force that she was knocked unconscious and sustained cuts and severe bruising and swelling to her face.”
DCI Little said she hoped the case would give victims of rape the confidence in coming forward. "Norfolk Police take all allegations of rape seriously and will carry out full and thorough investigations to ensure those responsible are brought to justice. We, together with our partners will also ensure that victims who come forward will receive the necessary help and support they need.”
Norfolk’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), The Harbour Centre, opened in September 2010 and aims to empower victims by allowing them to report their abuse and undergo medical examinations without prompting a police investigation.
The Harbour Centre operates a 24-hour service for victims of sexual abuse and can be contacted on 0845 456 4810, or call police on 101 to report a crime.
For more information on the Harbour Centre visit http://www.theharbourcentre.co.uk/