November 2019

Rapist sentenced

A registered sex offender who raped a 76-year-old woman as she walked her dog has been jailed.

Glenroy Barnes, 27, of no fixed abode but residing in Rugby was jailed for 12 years and nine months with an extended five-year licence for the rape and assault by penetration of the female victim at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 20 November 2019).

Barnes had pleaded guilty to the two offences before the trial, although he entered not guilty pleas at the first hearing.

The victim encountered Barnes who was also walking his dog in a village in Warwickshire and he tried to engage her in conversation.

Barnes then pulled the victim into a ditch and forced her to perform oral sex and then further sexually assaulted her.

Kanwal Juss of the CPS, said “These offences have traumatised the 76-year-old victim and while the evidence against Barnes was overwhelming, he chose to plead not guilty until a few days before the trial causing further distress to the victim and her family.

“The CPS will support and seek justice for victims of such offending and commends the bravery of this victim in coming forward to report these horrific offences. We hope the sentence imposed on Barnes today brings some comfort to her.

“We worked with Warwickshire Police who conducted an excellent investigation and the evidence against Barnes included the victim’s account, positive identification of the suspect by three witnesses and DNA from the nail scrapings.”