Man convicted of raping ex-partner sentenced to life imprisonment

21/03/2013

A man with a history of violence towards women has been jailed for life after being convicted of three rapes and assault on his latest victim.

Nicola Rice, CPS East of England rape specialist prosecutor, based in Cambridgeshire, said:

"Jason O'Dell, was prosecuted for a number of offences of rape and assaults on his partner during a two week period in September 2012.  He pleaded not guilty but was convicted following a trial at Norwich Crown Court during which his partner gave evidence to the court.

"O'Dell has previously been arrested for and, in some instances, convicted of offences of violence towards a number of other female partners. We asked police to trace and approach all of the previous victims and see if they were prepared to assist. Only one of them was prepared and she agreed to give evidence. There were several women who were still in such fear of him, they declined.  

"We ensured that the officer who spoke with the victims made a statement to that effect which was then admitted under hearsay provisions. The prosecution was also successful in having the victims' original statements made during previous court hearings admitted into evidence. By doing this, we were able to provide the jury with information on his past offending to show that he had a tendency to commit offences of violence towards female partners. 

"The court heard in the victim's own words the devastating impact this crime has had on her and O'Dell was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of nine years before he is considered for parole.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victim and all witnesses in this case who assisted the police in their investigation and supported this prosecution. Without their support O'Dell would not have been brought to justice. I hope the victim in this case, along with all his previous victims, are able to move on positively with their lives knowing that O'Dell is now serving a lengthy sentence of imprisonment.

"I would urge anyone who has been the victim of rape or sexual assault in any circumstances to report the crime to police. The Crown Prosecution Service takes all allegations seriously and has a team of trained specialist rape prosecutors who have expertise in dealing with sexual offence cases. We work with the police and the courts to ensure that victims are given the best possible support throughout the case."