A Workington man has been jailed for raping and attacking a woman as she walked her dog.
Jack Ian Walker, aged 18, was sentenced (7th October 2016) at Carlisle Crown Court following pleading guilty to rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and grievous bodily harm at a hearing on the 15th August 2016.
He was sentenced to 11 years in prison (on license for five years once released), sex offenders register, and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
The victim, aged 58, required hospital treatment following the attack in the area of Church Street, Workington, on 15th July.
Detective Constable Jim Grattan, West Cumbria CID, said: “There is no excuse for Walker’s unthinkable actions and I am glad that he is now facing a significant sentence for his crimes.
“His victim was innocently walking her dog when Walker forced himself upon and conducted his brutal attack.
“Rape and sexual offences have a huge impact on a victim and their families and I hope that today’s sentencing offers some sort of closure. She has shown true bravery throughout our investigation.
“I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward and report it to police. A victim can be reassured that their case will be investigated professionally and sensitively.”
Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor, for the North West Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: “Jack Walker carried out a brutal attack on a complete stranger who was simply going about her own business walking her dog.
“He approached her and after saying a brief hello, grabbed hold of her hair, repeatedly punched her, forced her to the ground where he raped her. Throughout this sustained attack he threatened to stab her to death if she did not comply.
“During this terrifying ordeal the victim put her blood onto the defendant’s clothing in a desperate appeal to his conscience of how seriously he was injuring her. As a result of her doing this, the forensic evidence proving he committed the offence was unquestionable. After initially denying the allegations, when faced with the overwhelming evidence against him, he was left with no other choice than to plead guilty.
“Jack Walker is clearly an extremely dangerous man who has today been taken off the streets for a significant length of time where he can no longer pose any harm to women.
“Rape and sexual offences have a huge physical and emotional impact on victims and their families. The Crown Prosecution and police will continue to work closely together to take sexual offenders off our streets and will support victims of such offences in every way possible throughout the process.”
If you wish to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident, please contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service’s 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432.