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Home intruder who raped woman and daughter sentenced

|News, Sexual offences

A man who forced his way into a Cardiff home and then raped a woman and her daughter has been jailed at Newport Crown Court.

Joshua Carney, 28, entered the house as the woman was getting ready for work. She opened the door to investigate strange noises outside when Carney approached her and prevented her from closing the door, pushing his way in.

Her daughter managed to call the police while Carney was still in the home and he was arrested as he left the property and later pleaded guilty to thirteen offences.

Kelly Huggins of the CPS said: “This was a shocking case in which Carney subjected his victims to a horrific ordeal.

“Despite the violent and truly degrading acts Carney committed, the victims showed tremendous courage allowing really strong evidence to be gathered, which enabled the CPS to present a robust case leading to guilty pleas. 

“Nobody can undo what has been done but we hope that the conclusion of the Court case is some comfort to the victims as they rebuild their lives.”

Joshua Carney was sentenced to life imprisonment on 22 August 2022 and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Notes to editors

  • Kelly Huggins is a District Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales RASSO (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences) team.
  • Joshua Carney (DOB: 29/11/1993) pleaded guilty to 6 x rape, contrary to the Sexual Offences Act (SOA) 2003; 2 x assault by penetration, contrary to the SOA 2003; 2 x actual bodily harm, contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861; attempt rape, contrary to the Criminal Attempts Act 1981; committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence, contrary to the SOA 2003.

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