May 2022

Man ‘cared only for his own selfish sexual desires’ when he raped teenager

A 21-year-old man that “cared only for his own selfish sexual desires” when he raped a teenager has been jailed

Jack Roberts pinned his victim down as he brutally attacked her, then told the terrified young woman not to report what had happened to family members or the police.

Roberts denied rape, telling his trial at Cardiff Crown Court that the sexual contact had been consensual.

But a jury rejected that version of events, and convicted him. Roberts, of Hinter Path, Fairwater, Cwmbran, returned to the dock on Friday, May 6, to be sentenced.

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In a statement from the victim which was read to the court she said the rape had left her suffering with terrible anxiety and depression, having trouble sleeping, and experiencing panic attacks.

She said she no longer feels comfortable around males – for example on public transport – and has had to abandon her studies as a result of what happened.

Recorder Bilal Siddique told the defendant he had “cared only for your own selfish sexual desires” when he raped his victim.

He said in his view Roberts had shown little remorse for what he had done, and noted that in his pre-sentence report the defendant had maintained his innocence. He also described the defendant’s behaviour after the rape as “manipulative”.

Roberts was sentenced to six-and-a-half years detention in a young offenders’ institution.

He will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

There were shouts of support and kisses blown from the public gallery as the defendant was taken down to the cells.