'Dangerous' rapist who 'forced himself' on Rugby woman is jailed - The Rugby Observer

'Dangerous' rapist who 'forced himself' on Rugby woman is jailed

Rugby Editorial 7th Feb, 2024   0

A ‘DANGEROUS’ rapist from Rugby has been jailed after he ‘forced himself on’ a woman following a night out.

At Warwick Crown Court, Alexander David Fitzmaurice, 28, of Brownsover Lane, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty following an earlier trial.

In August 2020, Fitzmaurice and the victim – a woman from Rugby – went on a night out in London before returning to a friend’s house where he raped her.

The incident was reported to police in October 2021 and an investigation was launched.

Det Cons Gemma Kirby from Warwickshire Police said: “Throughout this attack, the victim was clear that she did not consent to having sex with Fitzmaurice, but he didn’t listen and forced himself on her.

“He claimed they had not had sex on the night in question, but the jury saw through his lies and found him guilty. He is quite clearly a dangerous man who belongs behind bars.

“The victim showed great courage in contacting police, and even though more than a year had passed we still had enough evidence to secure a prosecution.

“This case should serve as a warning that the passage of time is no barrier to delivering justice and hopefully it will give other victims of sexual offences the confidence to come forward.”

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