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Man who undertook “campaign of rape” jailed for 19 and a half years

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A man who undertook what was described in court as a “campaign of rape” over a seven-year period has been jailed for 19 and a half years. 

Alan Hurst was also given a five and a half year extended licence. He targeted the child victim between 2015 and 2022. She shared with her friend what was happening in late 2023. 

Hurst pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual abuse including charges of rape, assault by penetration and sexual assault relating to a child under 13. The pleas also included a multiple incident count to reflect up to 50 instances of rape. 

Catherine Wear, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS South East said: “Hurst’s campaign of rape left his victim feeling absolutely powerless, as she was terrified of him for many years, before telling a friend what she had been through. 

“These attacks had a horrendous impact on the victim. I hope she can now start to rebuild her life, knowing that the man who abused her for so many years has been brought to justice for his appalling crimes.” 

Notes to editors

  • Alan Hurst [DOB: 22/01/1980] pleaded guilty at a hearing on 1 March 2024 at Canterbury Crown Court to the following charges: 
    Six charges of rape (two between 2015-2019, one between 2019-2020, one between 2019 and 2022 and two in 2023) 
    Two charges of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 between 2015-2019
    Two charges of assault by penetration (one between 2019-2020 and one between 2019 and 2022) 
    The remaining charges against him were ordered to lie on file.
    The total 25-year sentence comprised of 19 years and 6 months in custody and an extended licence of 5 years and 6 months. 
    Catherine Wear is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS South East. 

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