Man jailed for raping vulnerable woman


A 67-year-old man has today been jailed for nine years after he was found guilty of raping a woman with learning difficulties.

Santokh Minhas, a retired deputy head teacher and former magistrate, raped the victim in 2015 at his home in Shropshire.

The victim had told him she did not want him to do it, but the defendant continued to have sex with her. He also threatened her with repercussions if she told anyone.

The victim eventually informed a friend. The police were then notified and they arrested Minhas.

He was charged with and today found guilty at Hereford Crown Court of rape. The defendant was sentenced to nine years imprisonment, put onto the sex offenders register for an indefinite period and ordered to pay £2,800 in costs.

Ian Willis, Acting District Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said:

"The conviction of Santokh Minhas, a man who preyed on a vulnerable female, was largely down to the evidence given by the victim in court.

"Giving evidence can be daunting for victims and witnesses, but when someone is vulnerable the Crown Prosecution Service can apply for special measures to be used like they were in this case.

"As today's case shows, they can make a huge difference to someone's ability or willingness to give evidence.

"With the help of the victim and her family, a dangerous sexual predator has today been brought to justice."