Man who raped teenage girl in 1980 is sentenced for his crime

23/09/2010

A man who kidnapped and raped a teenage girl in Maidenhead in 1980 has at last been sentenced for his crime.

At a hearing today (23 September) at Reading Crown Court, Ronald Cheshire (52), originally from Thame, received 9 years imprisonment for rape and 6 Ronald Cheshireyears imprisonment for each of the other two offences, to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to stay on the Sex Offenders Register for life.  He was already serving a prison sentence at HMP Bullingdon for the murder of Rachel Partridge in Bledlow Ridge in 1987, having been convicted in 1989.

CPS case lawyer, Jane Davies, said: 'Ronald Cheshire has not shown any remorse for his crime, despite it stretching back many years, but he has now been brought to justice. The Crown Prosecution Service will continue to work closely with the Major Crime Review Team (MCRT) and the Forensic Science Laboratory to ensure that those with a criminal past, no matter how far back it stretches, will be brought before the courts. We are determined to ensure that victims receive the justice they deserve.'

On 16 May 1980, two 15-year-old girls were walking along Switchback Road North, in Maidenhead. They were approached by Cheshire who was driving a car. He tried to grab both girls - one girl escaped but her friend was taken away and raped by Cheshire. New forensic evidence led to his arrest and charge on 7 April 2010. On 15 July, he pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court to one count of rape, one count of kidnap, and one count of false imprisonment.

Det Supt Barry Halliday, Head of the MCRT, said at the time: 'Cheshire's guilty plea shows he knew the evidence against him was too strong to dispute. Thames Valley Police remain committed to the careful review and re-investigation of unsolved historic serious sexual assault and homicide cases. Offenders who think they have got away with a crime, years or even decades later, should be aware the MCRT will be doing their utmost to bring them to justice and solve crime.'