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Bedworth man sentenced for rape and threats to kill

A 25-year-old man has today (Tuesday 24 July) been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of raping a woman in her 20s.

Matthew Whitehall, of Smorrall Lane, Bedworth, raped the woman on 19 January 2018 at a property in Bedworth. He then forced her to take a bath and threatened to kill members of her family if she told anyone.

The incident led to an armed policing operation around Whitehall's address in Bedworth two days later before he handed himself in at Nuneaton police station.

Whitehall claimed that sex had not taken place but a jury at Warwickshire Crown Court found him guilty of rape and making threats to kill.

Whitehall was also issued with a 20 year restraining order against the victim.

Detective Constable Karl Roberts said: "Whitehall is clearly a dangerous man and we are pleased the jury saw through his lies and found him guilty.

"His actions have had a huge impact on his victim who has shown great courage in working with police throughout the investigation and trial. Her bravery has ensured today's outcome.

"Following this sentence I hope she can rebuild her life. I hope her courage gives other victims of sexual offences the confidence to come forward and report their ordeal. Police will always investigate and do everything in their power to bring offenders to justice."

If you are a victim of a sexual offence you can report it to police on 101. In an emergency dial 999.

If you do not feel comfortable speaking to officers, you can contact a referral centre which specialises in helping victims of rape and sexual assault - including providing medical care and counselling.

In Warwickshire you can contact the Blue Sky Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on the site of George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton. For more information go to www.blueskycentre.org.uk, call 1926 507805 or e-mail geh-tr.theblueskycentre@nhs.net

 

Note to media:

Whitehall was also convicted of another offence which for legal reasons we haven't included. For more information please contact the News Hub on 01789 444 737.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

 

Published 24/07/18