A rapist has been jailed for seven and a half years for forcing himself on a girl in York.
Police have praised the girl for her “incredible courage” in coming forward and giving evidence against Brandon Hewlett.
York Crown Court heard the crimes happened some years ago when Hewlett was a teenager.
Hewlett, now aged 21, of Edinburgh Street, Goole, East Yorkshire, denied four charges of rape and an online sex offence. The jury convicted him of three of the rapes and the online offence.
They were unable to agree on the fourth rape charge and he was formally acquitted of it after the CPS decided not to retry him on it.
Recorder Tahir Khan read a personal statement from the girl in which she described the effect of Hewlett’s crimes on her.
He told Hewlett: “I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that there was psychological harm done to her as a result of what you did.”
He jailed Hewlett for seven and a half years.
Hewlett will be on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.
Had Hewlett been older at the time of the rapes, he would have been jailed for 10 years, said the judge.
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