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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Man who raped woman while on the phone to boyfriend jailed


A man who attacked a woman while she was on the phone to her boyfriend and then raped her has been jailed for 13 years.

Kapil Dogra targeted the 18-year-old as she was walking along a street and talking to her partner on her mobile phone.

Her boyfriend heard the initial moment Dogra launched the attack and the panic in his girlfriend's voice. As she pleaded for him to call the police the phone went dead.

Dogra was sentenced at Reading Crown Court today (3 November). He received the 13 year sentence with an extended licence of two years.

The incident happened in Datchet, Berkshire, on 12 April this year. The woman was on her way to meet her boyfriend.

Dogra grabbed her, placed his hand over her mouth and threatened to stab her before switching off her phone.

He then dragged her into a wooded area at the junction of Majors Farm Road, Ditton Road and London Road where he raped and sexually assaulted her.

Dogra was later identified by DNA and CCTV footage.

He denied the charges against him but was found guilty of rape and other offences on 2 October at Reading Crown Court.

Adrian Foster for the CPS said: "This was a planned, targeted and violent stranger rape committed by a predator who is clearly ruthless and dangerous.

"This case highlights the commitment of the police and CPS to prosecute cases involving violence against women. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts."


Notes to Editors

  1. Kapil Dogra (dob 14/07/82) was convicted of rape, causing a female to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity, and two counts of sexual assault by penetration
  2. Adrian Foster is Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service
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