Carlisle man jailed for raping two women

|News, Sexual offences

A Carlisle man has been jailed for 18 years for raping two women.

Ian Beal, aged 55, of Spencer Street, was sentenced today (December 7) at Carlisle Crown Court for two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Beal was found guilty of the offences at a trial in October.

He must serve an extended five-year licence period and sign the sex offenders' register for life.

Isla Chilton, for the CPS, said: "Ian Beal today begins a prison sentence for raping two women and sexually assaulting one of them on more than one occasion.

"Throughout the case Beal denied committing any offences, claiming that the allegations had been maliciously made. However, after we presented a strong case of evidence against him, the jury found him unanimously guilty of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

"The two victims have shown immense bravery in coming forward and taking a stand against their abuser. I sincerely hope that following today's sentence, they can begin to move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been served.

"The CPS and police urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the offences took place, to come forward and report it to the police. We are committed to bringing those who have committed such offences before the courts and will support victims in every possible way throughout the process."

Detective Constable Susanne Hayward, North Cumbria Crime and Safeguarding Team, said: “Ian Beal is a dangerous individual who has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions.

“I am pleased that he has been sentenced for his crimes.

“Both of his victims were subjected to repeated violent incidents and were made to feel as if they could not speak out about what had happened. Beal is a sinister individual who had no respect whatsoever for these two women.

“I would like to praise the victims for their bravery and also the other witnesses in this case for assisting us in bringing this offender to justice. I hope for both women involved that this can bring some form of closure.

“I would also like to thank the CPS and the legal team for helping us put this man behind bars.

“If there is anyone who has been a victim of any sexual offence I would urge them to contact us. We will investigate all offences sensitively. We, along with trusted partner agencies, can support you and make sure that offenders, like Beal, are brought to justice.”

Notes to editors

  • Isla Chilton is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West
  • If you wish to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident, please contact Cumbria Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
  • If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service's 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432.

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