April 2023

Raping and sexually assaulting a woman in his car at 4am

A 47-year-old man has been jailed for 18 years after raping and sexually assaulting a woman in his car at 4am.

A Detective from Kent Police has labelled the incident ‘despicable’ and has said tackling violence against women and girls is one of the forces key priorities.

Peter Wrotchford, formerly of Ashley Avenue, Folkestone, targeted the victim as she walked in the Tram Road area of the town at around 4am on September 4, 2022.

After raping the woman, Wrotchford then drove her to various locations near Folkestone and carried out sexual offences, before driving her to the address of a friend of hers.

Once at her friend’s home, the victim told her about the incident and it was reported to Kent Police.

An investigation connected Wrotchford’s vehicle a white Ford Connect being connected to the offence.

The Police arrested him the day after the incident took place and he was charged with rape and sexual assault on September 6.

Wrotchford was found guilty of rape and sexual assault charges following a trial and was jailed for 18 years at Canterbury Crown Court on 14 April 2023.

He will serve an extra four years on licence.