Man who admits rape is spared jail
The Herald|January 25, 2022
VICTIM SAYS SHE STILL HAS ‘FLASHBACKS’
STUART ABEL

 

A MAN who raped a woman has been spared jail.

Tom Williams has been handed a suspended prison sentence because he was only 17 at the time of the incident. Now aged 20, he admitted raping a woman at his home on December 7, 2018.

The victim said in a statement read to Plymouth Crown Court that she was still suffering flashbacks and was on medication.

The woman, who cannot be identified by law, said in her statement: “I have now moved on with my life and I am focused on each day as it comes and getting on with my life.”

Williams was arrested and interviewed the next day but not brought before a court until August last year. A judge told Williams that he too had suffered because of the delay – and not just the victim.

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