Man jailed for rape - Datchet

03/11/2017

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 3 November 2017, and was given an extended sentence of 15 years for raping and sexually assaulting a woman in Datchet in April.

Kapil Dogra, aged 35, of High Street, Addlestone, Surrey, was sentenced today after being found guilty, by a jury, of rape, causing a female to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity, and two counts of sexual assault by penetration, following a five day trial at Reading Crown Court which concluded on 2 October. The custody element of the extended sentence is 13 years, with a minimum term 8 years and 8 months before he can be considered for parole, with an extended period on license, following release, of two years. In addition to the extended sentence, Dogra will have to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "At about 10.20pm on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, the victim, a woman in her late teens, was walking along London Road from Datchet train station to meet her boyfriend and was chatting to him on her phone through headphones when she was grabbed by Kapil Dogra, who was carrying an umbrella. With his hand over her mouth, he threatened to stab her, took her phone off her and switched it off before dragging her to a wooded area at the junction of Majors Farm Road, Ditton Road and London Road where he raped and sexually assaulted her. Her boyfriend overheard the rising panic in her voice and her pleas for him to call the police before her phone went dead.

"Dogra eventually made off and the victim ran in the direction of Wraysbury. She was located, shocked and distressed, on Majors Farm Road, a short time later, by the police and her boyfriend. Her handbag and Dogra's umbrella were located at the scene of the incident.

"Dogra was subsequently identified from a fast-track DNA submission and CCTV, arrested, and charged on 19 April 2017. During police interviews he claimed the sexual activity had been consensual and simply denied the sexual assaults. However, he was found guilty, despite attempting to undermine the victim and evade responsibility. This was a planned, targeted and violent stranger rape committed by a man, who is clearly extremely ruthless, predatory 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.

"This prosecution would not have been possible without the courage of the victim, who was willing to support proceedings. The physical and emotional impact on her of the abhorrent actions of Dogra is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and today's sentence will offer her some comfort. Our thoughts are very much with her at this time."

Investigating officer Detective Constable Sara Harrison, of Force CID based at Maidenhead, said: "At no point during the trial did Dogra show any remorse for the terrible ordeal he put his victim through, which meant the victim had to face her attacker in court.

"The victim has been extremely brave throughout this process and I commend her for standing up to her attacker and I hope his sentence will help her move on.

This incident came as a great shock to the community of Datchet and I would like to thank residents for their support during our investigation, especially those who came forward as witnesses and those who provided CCTV evidence.

"Thankfully, this type of attack is rare. However, I think this conviction shows that Thames Valley Police is committed to bringing sexual offenders to justice."