Indefinite sentence for Gwent rapist

02/12/2010

A Hengoed man convicted of a range of violent and sexual offences against four women has been jailed indefinitely at Cardiff Crown Court.

Tyrone Clarke, 36, was earlier convicted on three counts of rape, one count of kidnapping, one count of false imprisonment and five counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to four victims. The jury failed to reach verdicts in relation to five further charges against Clarke.

CPS Gwent worked closely alongside Gwent polices specialist sexual offences unit, Onyx, throughout the investigation and prosecution process.

Speaking after the sentence was announced, CPS Gwent sexual offences specialist, Kath Coleman, said: Tyrone Clarke subjected his victims to degrading attacks which left devastating emotional scars as well as physical ones. He used intimidation and bullying to get his own way and was ruthless in the way he his exploited his victims.

We want to send out a clear message that CPS Gwent and Gwent police will do everything in our power to bring violent sexual offenders to justice. We also want anyone who may be nervous about reporting a crime to know that we are totally committed to supporting victims through what is obviously a very difficult process.

We cannot undo the harm that Tyrone Clarke has inflicted, but we hope that todays sentence will at least bring to an end a period of uncertainty for these four women and perhaps help them to start moving forward with their lives.

The jury failed to reach verdicts in respect of five further charges against Tyrone Clarke, and CPS Gwent confirmed that it would not be seeking a retrial.

Kath Coleman said: At the trial, we presented all the evidence as robustly and fairly as we could. The jury passed guilty verdicts in relation to ten charges but felt unable to reach a verdict on five further charges.

When considering a retrial, we have to consider whether there is enough evidence to suggest that another jury could be expected to reach a different verdict. We also have to consider the traumatic nature of a further trial for the victims and their families.

This is naturally a difficult judgement to make and at all times we have endeavoured to keep the victims and their families fully informed.