Seven years for Llandrindod Wells rapist

31/01/2011

A Powys man who attacked a 16 year-old female in the early hours of New Year’s Day has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Merthyr Crown Court.

Richard Waines, of Llandrindod Wells, violently attacked the young woman as she walked home after spending New Years Eve out with friends. At an earlier hearing, Waines pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.

Iwan Jenkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Dyfed Powys, said: This was a horrific attack on a defenceless young woman and she has shown great fortitude in coming forward to provide Dyfed-Powys police with vital information that helped build a strong case against Richard Waines.

CPS Dyfed-Powys then worked closely alongside Dyfed-Powys Police in order to progress the case to the point where a guilty plea was entered. I am pleased and relieved that this guilty plea meant that the victim, who has already been subjected to an appalling ordeal, did not have to face the prospect of a Crown Court trial.

We hope that todays sentence will be of some comfort to the victim as she tries to come to terms with what has happened and rebuild her life. We hope she obtains the support she needs and our thoughts remain with her and her family.

Senior Investigating Officer on the case DCI Shane Williams said: We are delighted with the court result, which I believe sends out a clear message to criminals. Our thoughts are with the victim, who suffered a terrible ordeal and thanks to her evidence helped us to catch the assailant. Our thoughts are also with her family, who are also providing care and support.

In addition, I would like to thank the community of Llandrindod Wells for helping with the investigation and ensuring this violent individual has been taken off the streets.