Cambridgeshire: Man sentenced to 14 years for rape and sexual assault

30/11/2012

Graham Halls has been found guilty of two charges of rape and three charges of sexual assault dating back to 2007-2008.

Sara Walker, CPS East of England rape specialist prosecutor, based in Cambridge, said: "This was a case where a young teenage girl came forward and told the police what had happened to her when she was just 11 years old and how she had been seriously sexually abused by the defendant.

"Graham Halls pleaded not guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to two charges of rape and three sexual assaults but was convicted following a trial in which the young witness gave evidence to the jury. The court heard in the victim's own words the devastating impact this crime has had on her and Halls was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment.

"I hope that the victim can move on positively with her life and I want to take the opportunity to thank her and all the other witnesses for coming forward and assisting in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Without their support, Halls would not have been brought to justice.

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