East Sussex man jailed for seven years after not-recent rape in Gosport

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Police say the victim reported the rape in November 2020 and was supported by specialist officers.

Mark Anthony Roberts of Stonebeach Rise, St Leonards-on-Sea, was questioned on bail and later charged, police said.

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Hampshire Constabulary said Roberts was sentenced by Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday May 20 to seven years in prison for rape.

Hampshire Constabulary say a man from St Leonards-on-Sea has been sentenced to seven years in prison

He will also have to sign the sex offender register for life, police said.

They said the judge described the victim as “heroic” for coming forward and reporting the non-recent offence.

DC Marie Harding of the Operation Amberstone team said: ‘It takes a lot of courage for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted to come forward and report the matter to the police.

“I want to salute the bravery of this woman for telling the police what had happened to her several years before and for supporting this investigation all the way to court.

“She wants her experience to inspire other victims of similar crimes to come forward.

“Even if there is a delay in reporting, there may still be a chance of getting a conviction.

“Our specialist officers will conduct a thorough investigation and seek justice where possible.

“The man responsible for this case has now been rightly brought to justice and cannot harm another person while serving his prison sentence.

“We take allegations of sexual offenses extremely seriously and do everything in our power to support victims and bring perpetrators to justice. We also work closely with a number of support agencies who provide specialist help to those in need. »

DC Harding encouraged anyone affected by this type of crime to contact the police on 101 where they can speak to a specially trained officer in confidence.

She added that people who have been affected by sexual abuse can visit www.hampshire.police.uk for details on how to report it and where to seek help.

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