Coldstream Guard jailed for 19 years after being convicted of rape

|News, Sexual offences

A Coldstream Guard convicted of raping a woman he targeted whilst on a night out has been jailed for 19 years.

Connor Brayley, 24, attacked the woman in the early hours of 14 December last year after spotting her alone in Windsor town centre.

He was sentenced at Reading Crown Court today, 6 July.

Brayley initially tried to befriend the woman on the pretence of making sure she was okay but he then dragged her into a secluded area, threatened to kill her and then raped her.
 
His victim, who was out with friends earlier, managed to get away from Brayley as he walked her through the town after the assault and raise the alarm that she had been raped.

Brayley was caught on CCTV pinning his victim down and circling the area just before the incident which the prosecution argued was reconnaissance.

Using CCTV, police traced the route Brayley took back to his barracks. He was then arrested and subsequently charged.

He was found guilty on 31 May following a trial at Reading Crown Court.

Jeremey Taylor, of the CPS, said: “Despite the evidence against him, Brayley forced his victim to relive her ordeal in the witness box by denying the charges against him.

“The CPS used her recorded interview as evidence during the trial. She was also cross examined behind a screen so she did not have to face her attacker again.

“I commend her courage in testifying, making sure Brayley faced justice.”

Notes to editors

  • Jeremy Taylor is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern.
  • Connor Brayley (10/11/93) was convicted of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
     

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