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Man sentenced for attempting to rape a woman in her own home

|News, Sexual offences

Newport Crown Court jailed a man today who climbed in through a ground floor bedroom window and attempted to rape the occupant.

The 32-year-old man, Anthony Williams, entered the Cardiff flat in the early hours of 10 July 2021 when the occupant was in bed, waking her up.  He attempted to rape the woman who managed to stop him and scream for help.

As Williams left he took money from a drawer and walked out into the street where he was seen by neighbours.

Within a few hours he entered a second home and confronted a woman, pushing her to the sofa.  The woman called for her husband who was also in the house and Williams ran from the property.

Kelly Huggins of the CPS said: “These must have been terrifying incidents for the victims.  Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home.

“The strength of evidence presented by the CPS resulted in guilty pleas which saved the victims having to relive their shocking experiences in Court.”

Anthony Williams was sentenced for six offences in total and was ordered to serve 12 years’ imprisonment with an extended licence period of six years.

Notes to editors

  • Kelly Huggins is a District Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales RASSO unit
  • Anthony Williams (DOB: 27/6/1989) pleaded guilty to two offences of attempt rape, two sexual assaults, burglary and theft
  • Sentence took place at Newport Crown Court on 2 December 2021.

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