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David Walsh jailed: Preston victim’s brave testimony secures conviction of rapist

Posted on - 12th November, 2015 - 3:06pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News
David Walsh

David Walsh

A Blackburn man who raped a woman at an address in Preston has been jailed.

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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.

“Both victims have been extremely brave in reporting these offences to us and they have shown tremendous courage throughout the investigation and subsequent court case. I hope today’s result allows them move on with their lives now that Walsh has been jailed for a significant period of time.

“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.

“This case shows just how seriously we take reports of sexual offences and I hope it gives other victims the confidence to come forward safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally throughout.

“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.”

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