April 2022

Bournemouth man jailed for eight years for rape offences

A rapist who ignored his victim repeatedly telling him “no” has been jailed for eight years.

Connor Curtis was put behind bars by a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

The court heard Curtis, of Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, was told “no” multiple times by his victim during one of the incidents but continued to carry out his sickening act.

In sentencing the 24-year-old at a hearing on Wednesday, April 20, Recorder Neil Millard said: “Mr Curtis, it should take no one to tell you that no means no.”

Prosecuting, Gemma White said a woman reported to police that she had been raped by the defendant and officers launched an investigation.

In interview, Curtis denied the offending, stating that the sex was consensual.

He pleaded not guilty to the allegations at a Bournemouth Crown Court hearing in October last year, with a trial due to take place at the end of last month.

However, in late January he communicated guilty pleas through his legal team.

Referencing a victim impact statement, Ms White said the woman had not slept well since Curtis’ offending.

The court heard she suffered nightmares and flashbacks, and she did not feel comfortable going out on her own.

The judge said ongoing harm had been caused to the victim as a result of the defendant’s actions.

Curtis was placed on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life. He will not be legible for release from prison until he has served two-thirds of his sentence.