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Dangerous rapist sentenced to 21 years

|News, Sexual offences

A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to 21 years today (4 October 2021) at Southampton Crown Court for rape and sexual assault of two women, and for sexually assaulting a third woman.

Marlon Nelson, from Totton, was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting two women at a trial in July 2021. He had also been convicted of sexually assaulting another woman at a trial which concluded in December 2020.

Today, he was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment with an additional four years on extended licence.

In 2014, Nelson raped and sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in his car after a night out. Nelson had offered her a lift home but instead drove her to Testwood Recreational Ground and, having plied her with alcohol, went on to assault her.

Three years later, in 2017, he raped and sexually assaulted another victim. Again, he offered the 20-year-old woman a lift home but, completely against her will, he took her to Ampfield Recreational Ground where he raped and sexually assaulted her, having also sexually assaulted her on other occasions.

The third victim in this case was a 16-year-old girl that Nelson repeatedly sexually assaulted over a period of six months.

Claire Ross, CPS Wessex District Crown Prosecutor, said: “Nelson subjected these young women to vile rapes and a campaign of sexual assaults. It was as a result of their brave testimonies to the police that the CPS was able to build a strong case against him.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the young women involved in this case, for their bravery in coming forward to report their traumatic experiences. They have undoubtedly suffered greatly, but I hope that they will feel justice has been delivered today.

“CPS Wessex is working collaboratively with Hampshire Constabulary to improve outcomes in rape and serious sexual offence cases. We are proactively encouraging early engagement and better joint working to ensure we’re building strong cases for prosecution.

“We have already seen improvements as a result of this collaborative approach, and we are committed to restoring the confidence of victims in the criminal justice process.”

Notes to editors

  • Earlier this year the CPS and NPCC published the Joint National Action Plan which sets out a wide-ranging plan for greater collaboration to improve the response to RASSO. It is designed to ensure victims have confidence in the criminal justice system and receive the best possible support and care whilst investigations and prosecutions take place.
  • The CPS is one year in to a five-year strategy to bring about a step change in how it works with all parts of the criminal justice system to reverse the sharp drop in prosecutions.
  • We have tested different approaches across the country and are working with the police and government to launch pathfinder projects to test innovative ways for the CPS and police to work together to build strong rape cases and to give us clear evidence of what measures have the biggest impact. An early evaluation of these efforts are set out in our report, Closing the Gap.

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