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Man who raped a teenager after Christmas lights switch-on jailed

|News, Sexual offences

A man who raped a 15-year-old girl following Dorchester’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrations has today been jailed.

Adrian Cordery has been sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court to 15 years in prison and a further eight years on license.

Cordery, 32, from Dorset, threatened the teenager with a knife and took her to a field near St Osmund’s school, where he raped her.

Following the attack on 5 December 2019, Dorset Police worked with the National Crime Agency (NCA) to identify Cordery using CCTV and DNA evidence.

In February, Cordery was arrested and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised six different charges against him.

Under the weight of the evidence presented by CPS from the Police and NCA investigation, Cordery pleaded guilty to raping and threatening the teenager with a knife.

Sophie Stevens, Head of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit at CPS Wessex said: "This was a horrific attack at what should have been a celebratory time of year. The teenage girl has shown immense bravery throughout the investigation and the prosecution and I commend her for that.

“The CPS is committed to delivering justice for victims of rape. We used new digital technology to prosecute this case and ensure Cordery was brought to justice.

"Cordery will now spend many years behind bars and will be added to the sex offenders register for life.

"These types of attack are rare, but if you, or anyone you know, has been a victim of rape or sexual assault, please contact the police or the Rape Crisis Line on 0808 8029999.”

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