24th Oct, 2020

Rugby man jailed for 'brutal and violent' rape in 1980s

Correspondent 30th Nov, 2016

A RAPIST who subjected his victim to a brutal and violent attack in the 1980s has been jailed.

Ronald Dickens, 47, of Phipps Avenue, pleaded guilty to the offence in Coventry Crown Court on Monday November 28 and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The offence took place when the victim, in her 20s at the time, was walking home along Newbold Road in the early hours of Sunday November 24 in 1985. Dickens followed the victim, dragged her into Hunters Lane and raped her.

The senior investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson, said: “Ronald Dickens subjected the victim to a horrific attack which has altered the course of her life. This incident completely changed her life and she has been looking over her shoulder for the past 30 years not knowing who assaulted her.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the victim for the courage she showed in coming forward to police and thank her for the support throughout the investigation which has undoubtedly been an incredibly traumatic process.”

This conviction comes as a result of Operation Scenic – a major review of non-recent sexual assaults where advances in DNA technology have allowed Warwickshire Police to reinvestigate past offences.

DS Thompson added: “Operation Scenic has allowed us to identify further forensic opportunities and utilise innovative technologies and techniques which were not available at the time of the offences.

“I would like to thank the Major Crime Review Team, who identified Dickens with the assistance of our forensic providers, the Major Investigation Unit and the forensic scientists for their hard work in relation to this investigation.

“I hope the conclusion of this case gives the victim some closure and allows her to move on from this awful experience.”

Anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence is encouraged to report it to police, whose specially trained officers will offer their full support.

Victims can also contact the Blue Sky Sexual Assault Referral Centre, located at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, which offers emergency medical treatment, emotional support and referrals to Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) for anyone from Coventry or Warwickshire who has been raped or sexually assaulted. Visit www.blueskycentre.org.uk or call 02476 865 505.

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