A 31 year old Swindon man has been given a custodial sentence of 12 years following a vicious sexual assault on a young Swindon woman.
Joyce Rodrigues pleaded guilty to the serious sexual of the 24 year old woman in September 2015, at an early hearing 29 Jan 2016 at Swindon Crown Court. He was sentenced on Friday 1 April 2016.
The incident happened around 3.30am on Monday 14 September. A 24 year old local woman was approached in the town centre by a man who asked her to go with him on the pretext of helping his friend. He then led her to an area close to The Parade and raped her.
Wiltshire Police then launched a high profile operation to find the rapist, including leaflet drops in the Broad Green area of the town and media appeals made by the victim herself and our officers.
Rodrigues was caught on 27 December 2015 after an officer out on his beat spotted a man acting suspiciously close to a vehicle in the Queen’s Drive area of Swindon. The officer also recognised this man from the media appeals made earlier.
Subsequently he was charge for the rape and admitted it at his first hearing at Swindon Crown Court.
Detective Inspector Marj MacCallum, who lead the investigation, said: “This is a welcomed result following an extensive and thorough investigation carried out by a team of hard working, dedicated officers.
“Thanks to the keen, observant eye of the arresting officer, just doing his job, we caught the perpetrator of this horrendous crime; a man I believe could have attacked again. The arrest is a great example of good old fashioned police work at its best.
“I want to thank the people of Swindon who came forward and helped us with our enquiries. And I also want to thank the victim for having the courage to come forward and speak to the media; her bravery to do this played a vitally important part in our investigation.
“Today’s result reinforces the message that we will do our utmost to catch any offender who carries out the most serious of crimes.
“I would also urge anyone who has been the victim of any sexual assault to contact Wiltshire Police – we have dedicated officers who are specially trained to help those who have been attacked.
“Anyone wishing to report a crime should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.”
The victim said: “I have been told that the male who raped me has now pleaded guilty and will be sentenced by the Court.
“I am very relieved that he has admitted to what he did to me and relieved I do not have to attend Court to give evidence as that would have mean reliving the events of that evening.
“I now want to begin to put that night behind me and get on with my life and face the future with the support of my family.”