July 2022

Coventry man jailed for raping teen

A Coventry rapist has been jailed for 13 years after his teenage victim revealed a catalogue of offences described as sickening by the police.

Carlos Cope, 24, had been in a relationship with the woman but his behaviour became controlling to the point where he was controlling her finances and questioning who she was seeing.

Cope began using her money to buy drugs and checking her phone to see who shed been in contact with.

The situation came to a head in June last year when Cope became violent towards the young woman and her sister.

He punched her and dragged her along the floor by her hair.

Although police were called, she decided not to take the matter further.

However, the following month Cope, of Westminster Road, Spon End, launched his most brutal and disturbing attack.

After checking her texts, he punched, her, bit her arms and smashed a lamp on her head repeatedly.

In the wake of this the victim disclosed what had happened to West Midlands Polices specialist domestic abuse team.

Cope was found guilty of rape and assault after a week-long trial and sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Friday (July 15) where he was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim or her sister.

He will also remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.