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Man with links to Brighton and Hove given a life sentence

News   •   Dec 07, 2018 15:03 GMT

A man with Links to Brighton and Hove has been handed a life sentence after being found guilty of four counts of rape.

Joseph Warren, 37 of no fixed address was sentenced at Hove Crown on Friday 30 November following an earlier six-day trial.

On 23 April 2017 Warren, who had consumed a mixture of alcohol, cocaine and crack cocaine, went to an address of a woman previously known to him in Worthing, climbed in through a first floor window and raped her.

This same woman disclosed to police that Warren had also raped her in 2004 when she had been living in Brighton.

At the time of the offence, Warren was out on licence having served time in prison for raping a different woman, to which he had pleaded guilty.

Judge Lowe handed Warren a 17-year sentence to serve a minimum of eight-and-a-half years. He will be on licence for life and a restraining order against the victim was also imposed.

Detective Constable Stuart McAdams said: “Warren put his victim through a terrifying ordeal. This continued as he refused to accept what he had done and the victim had to relive the incident by giving evidence in court.

"She has been extremely brave throughout the investigation and is determined to see justice done.

"I have no doubt that in supporting prosecution she has prevented serious harm coming to anyone else.

"If you have been the victim of such offences or know of someone who has, you can read our advice or contact us at any time by calling 101 and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators."