Swindon man convicted of numerous sexual offences

By Jessica Durston - 17 January 2022

Crime

A Swindon man has been remanded in custody after being convicted of numerous sexual offences.

Today - 17 January - Patrick Dean Williams, 46, previously of Gooch Street, in Swindon, was found guilty of rape, assault by penetration, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, following a trial at Swindon Crown Court.

The offences relate to a period of time in 2016 and 2017 and came to light in 2019 when the victim called the police to report the crimes.

At that time Williams was in prison for separate offences.

Following the guilty verdicts, Williams has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on 8 April.

Detective Constable Helen Bott, from Swindon CID, said: “We know how difficult it is for victims of sexual offences to speak out about what has happened to them and I want to praise the strength and courage of the victim in this case.

“Due to the fact that Williams pleaded not guilty, this case went to trial and the victim had to relive one of the darkest periods of her life, telling her story to the courtroom.

“I hope this conviction provides reassurance that Wiltshire Police takes these kinds of offences incredibly seriously and that it encourages those who have experienced sexual assault to tell somebody so that their offender can face justice.

“If you don’t yet feel ready to speak to the police, then please consider telling a friend or family member, or make a call to a specialist charity or support agency.”

Wiltshire Police say they would always urge victims of sexual offences to report these to the police. Individuals can do this by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Swindon and Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) - they can be contacted on the helpline 01793 781916.

Members of the public can also read more information on the police website at https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/what-is-rape-and-sexual-assault/

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