November 2019

Man jailed for ‘nauseating’ rape of unwell girl

A man has been jailed for eight years for a rape he committed in 2016 after the victim decided to pursue a prosecution two years later.

Rhys Street, 28, was found guilty on Monday November 18 at Chelmsford Crown Court of raping a young woman in her 20s after pretending to take care of her when she fell unwell.

Street, of Rembrandt Way in Colchester, had denied rape, sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration.

His Honour Judge Turner told Street his conduct was inexcusable: “You took shameful disadvantage of this girl.

“More importantly, you took advantage when she was plainly unwell, you did so nauseatingly under the impression of looking after her.

“Rape is a grave offence, it’s difficult to think of a more distressing assault.

“This sort of offence frequently leaves a destructive psychology legacy that will haunt someone for years to come.”

As well as his eight year sentence, Street was put on the sex offenders register for life.