Three men jailed for 40 years for systematic rape and sexual abuse of ‘vulnerable’ woman

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Three men jailed for 40 years for systematic rape and sexual abuse of ‘vulnerable’ woman

The victim said her ‘life was turned upside down’ by a campaign of rape and sexual assault, which happened over the course of several days in Redhill

Charlie Jones, James Wilson and Joseph Noye were sentenced to 40 years in jail (Photo: Surrey Police)

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Three men have been jailed for a total of 40 years for the “horrific” rape and sexual abuse of a woman in Redhill over several days.

Charlie Jones, James Wilson and Joseph Noye appeared at Guildford Crown Court for sentencing on Monday (January 25) following a 12-week trial.

Jones, of Masons Bridge Road in Redhill, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Wilson, of Kingston Road in Leatherhead, and Noye, of Plaistow Road in Billinghurst, were both sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Judge Noel Lucas said: “The indictment described a range of sexual acts, some unusual and bordering on the perverted, being perpetrated on [the victim] over a five-day period.”

The judge told the court how Jones, who was unknown to the victim, went to the woman’s flat on October 22, 2014, and took advantage of the victim’s “vulnerability and loneliness” and her “desire to please and be liked” for his own sexual gratification.

Charlie Jones was sentenced to 20 years for various counts of rape and other sexual offences (Photo: Surrey Police)

Over the following days, he invited other men to the flat to participate in sexual acts and “subjected her to prolonged sexual bullying”. The woman received serious internal injuries as a result of their offending.

The jury heard how after Jones’ arrest, the defendant said in the cells words to the effect of “if I was to rape someone, it would be someone better than that”.

The three defendants were found guilty of a range of sexual acts on December 18 last year.

Noye and Jones also damaged a door and photo frames in the flat, to which Noye pleaded guilty.

A 22-year-old man was found guilty of theft and was sentenced in December. Three other men arrested in connection with the incidents were acquitted during the trial.

‘Extremely vulnerable person’

The court was read a victim impact statement, which described how the woman had to move out of the area and into shared accommodation following the events.

“I had grown up in Redhill and it was the place I knew and felt at home,” read the statement.

“I had gone from my own place to shared accommodation. I thought the men responsible would come after me.”

The statement also explained the victim often had images of Jones at the bottom of her bed and was taken to A&E after she self-harmed following the sexual abuse.

“I found them [the images] hard to cope with, they did go a way for a time,” she said. “These images have started to come back and I am seeking help through therapy.”

James Wilson was sentenced to 10 years on two counts of rape (Photo: Surrey Police)

Continued the statement: “It’s thought I have a post-traumatic stress disorder. I have lost my self confidence, my mental health is not stable.

“I have relived it and it has been upsetting to talk about it in trial again, it has turned my life upside down and I have had to rebuild it again.”

Judge Lucas described the victim as “an extremely vulnerable person” who “lacked confidence” and “craved attention”.

“In short, a person whose easy to manipulate in order to bend her will to make her do things she does not want to do,” he said.

Judge Lucas issued the defendants a restraining order preventing them from making any contact with the victim.

‘Complex investigation’

Addressing the defendants, Judge Lucas said that “only an immediate and lengthy sentence of imprisonment is appropriate in respect of each defendant”, stressing he did take into account character witness for all three defendants.

Jones, 28, was sentenced to 20 years in jail for one count of rape, 48 years for four further counts of rape, 20 years for two counts of assault by penetration, nine years for two counts of sexual assault, 18 months for one count of actual bodily harm and three months for one count of criminal damage.

All sentences will run concurrent to the main count of rape, which he said was intended to “reflect the seriousness of that offence” and “the overall seriousness of [his] offending”.

Wilson, 36, was sentenced to 10 years jail each on two counts of rape, to run concurrently.

Noye, 27, was sentenced to 10 years jail on one count of rape, four years for sexual assault and nine weeks for criminal damage, all to run concurrently to the rape sentence.

Joseph Noye was sentenced to 10 years for rape, sexual assault and criminal damage (Photo: Surrey Police)

The defendants will serve half of their sentences in custody and the remainder of the sentence will be served on license. They were all also placed on the Sex Offender’s Register.

Detective Constable Ben Andreas from Surrey Police‘s Sexual Offence Investigation Team, said: “This was a complex and lengthy investigation and I welcome the sentences passed today [January 25].

“The offences these men committed against their victim were horrific, and although the sentences passed today will never take away the trauma the woman experienced, I hope they go some way to help her move on with her life.

“I hope the lengthy sentences passed to these offenders will encourage any victim of sexual assault or abuse to report their ordeal to police so they can be investigated thoroughly.”

Anyone affected by sexual abuse or assault can find advice on the Surrey Police website.

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