Train rapist jailed - Bedfordshire


A rapist who preyed on three women on the rail network in Bedfordshire has been given an indeterminate jail sentence following a British Transport Police (BTP) investigation.

Jean Alexis was found guilty of six different offences, including rape, sexual assault, and theft, following a trial in August this year and was sentenced on Friday, 23 November 2012, at Luton Crown Court. He will spend a minimum of 5-years in prison.

The court heard how Alexis, 26, of The Ridings, Luton, carried out three attacks in Harlington, Leagrave, and Luton, in October and December 2011, and February 2012.

Alexis followed an off-duty police officer from a train to her car at Leagrave station where he continued to make threats towards her. He also made sexual advances and inappropriately touched a 19-year-old woman on a St Pancras-bound train.

The third attack took place on Wednesday, 15 December 2011. After meeting an 18-year-old close to Luton station, he boarded a train with her and dragged her into the onboard toilet, where he raped her.

An investigation was launched by BTP's Major Investigation Unit and, after hours of CCTV was viewed, and forensic DNA examinations carried out, Alexis was identified. He was arrested a week later by BTP and Bedfordshire Police officers at his home address.

At the sentencing on Friday, Alexis was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP), requiring him to serve a minimum of 5-years in prison before he is eligible for parole. He has also been placed on the sex offenders register for 10-years, and was recommended for deportation following his jail term.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the serious sexual abuse of women. We have worked closely with the British Transport Police (BTP) since this investigation was launched.

"None of the victims knew Alexis; these were random attacks on people on trains or at stations between Luton and Flitwick. Alexis is clearly a predatory and dangerous individual.

"Alexis was found guilty of all the offences in August following a trial at Luton Crown Court. We would like to thank the victims for their courage in coming forward and preventing further despicable offences by him.

"The public should feel safe on public transport. The prosecution, conviction, and sentence imposed today recognises the seriousness of the offences. I hope that today's sentence gives some sense of justice to the victims involved, so that they can now put this unpleasant episode behind them and move on with their lives. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Ian Trantum, BTP's senior investigating officer, said: "I would firstly like to praise the victims for their courage and bravery in coming forward and giving information to us as early as possible.

"I'd also like to thank the witnesses, who provided key information and helped my team build a full picture of what exactly took place. Thanks to their accounts, excellent CCTV, and forensics left at the scene, I have no doubt that they helped us to identify Alexis.

"Alexis preyed on lone women travelling on the rail network in the early hours and his behaviour and actions were something no one should be subjected to.

"What each victim had to endure is unthinkable and Alexis is now where he belongs for these despicable acts - behind bars.

"Despite pleading not guilty, the overwhelming evidence helped the jury in their unanimous decisions.

"This sentence highlights the severity with which crimes like this are treated. BTP takes all allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and will always seek to catch and prosecute those responsible."

Rachel Griffin, Director of Suzy Lamplugh Trust, said: "Suzy Lamplugh Trust praises the courage of all the victims who came forward to help prevent these offences from happening to anyone else.

"Everyone has the right to be safe and feel safe on public transport, at any time of the day or night. We aim to empower all travellers with safety tips and advice on planning a night out, including getting home safely."