A Blackburn man who raped a woman at an address in Preston has been jailed.Advertisement
David Walsh, 33, of Railton Avenue was jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of two counts of rape.
The second of his offences took place in the city in 2012 against a 35-year-old woman.
Her coming forward was the key to Walsh’s conviction after he had stood trial earlier this year for a first offence in Blackpool in January 2014 when a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
The Preston victim coming forward meant Lancashire Police could charge Walsh with both rapes and he faced a re-trial over the original charge.
Walsh has been ordered to serve a minimum term of 11 years and will only be eligible for release if the parole board deems him to have shown remorse for his crimes. Otherwise he will serve the full term of 15 years.
He has also been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life, during the hearing at Preston Crown Court.
DI Lee Wilson said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Walsh today. He is clearly a very dangerous man who had no regard for the rights of his victims and committed deplorable acts against them.
“I would also like to commend the officers in this case, DCs Bev Thomas and Rebecca Herbert. Throughout the investigation they have shown great determination and tenacity in bringing Walsh to justice for his actions.
“If you have been the victim of a sexual offence, I would urge you to come forward and report it to us so that we can provide you with help and support and bring offenders to justice.”