October 2019

Convicted rapist sentenced to further years in prison

A convicted rapist who was found guilty further sexual offences in July has been sentenced at court.

At Nottingham Crown Court today (3 October), Jason Lawrance originally from Hinckley, Leicestershire was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison before he is considered eligible for parole.

In 2016, the 53-year-old was convicted of five counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault and is already serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 12 and a half years.

Lawrance’s 2016 conviction related to him contacting and meeting women via the Match.com dating website.

Following publicity during and after this court case, further women contacted police to say they too had been sexually assaulted by Lawrance after meeting him through the same site, with the exception of one who began contact with Lawrance via Dating Direct.

A new investigation team investigated these claims and in January this year, Lawrance was formally charged with seven offences. He was additionally charged in May with two further offences of rape.

Lawrance, currently of HMP Nottingham, stood trial in July this year at Nottingham Crown Court where he was found guilty of five counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of assault by penetration in relation to five women. He was acquitted of two charges of rape.

The latest conviction relates to offences which happened between November 2009 and July 2014 in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Suffolk.