16 YEARS JAIL FOR RAPIST

Locked up for crimes against two ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ women as court told he hit one on head with mar­tial arts ba­ton

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

AMAN con­victed of rap­ing two women showed no emo­tion as he was sen­tenced to 16 years in prison.

Owen Neil Phillips from An­gle­sey was told after his re­lease from prison he faces an ex­tended six year li­cence pe­riod after the judge con­cluded he posed a sig­nif­i­cant risk to women.

The 36-year old had writ­ten a let­ter to the judge at Caernar­fon Crown Court ex­press­ing his dis­gust at what he had done.

But Judge Ti­mothy Petts said the com­ments re­ferred not to his guilt but to the jury’s ver­dict.

“It seems to me you are un­able to ac­cept what you have done,” the judge said.

The court heard Phillips raped one of the women after tak­ing her home.

When the po­lice were called he forced her to speak to of­fi­cers and tell them she was all right at knifepoint.

He as­saulted the other woman and in one in­ci­dent struck her on the head with a mar­tial arts ba­ton while she was on the floor.

Both women, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, were de­scribed as vul­ner­a­ble in court.

Elen Owen, pros­e­cut­ing, sum­marised vic­tim per­sonal state­ments from both women.

She said one of the women suf­fered night­mares and had tried to harm her­self by tak­ing an over­dose of tablets.

Paul Becker, de­fend­ing, said Phillips ac­cepted he had been found guilty of the rapes and three charges of as­sault­ing one of them.

The bar­ris­ter added that Phillips suf­fered from anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion and ar­gued while Phillips had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions there were no pre­vi­ous as­saults on women among those of­fences.

In ad­di­tion to the jail term Phillips was handed a Re­strain­ing Or­der and must not con­tact ei­ther woman in­def­i­nitely and sign the Sex Of­fend­ers’ Regis­ter for life.

Phillips showed no emo­tion as he was sen­tenced and led away to the cells to be­gin his jail term.

Rapist Owen Neil Phillips

Rapist Owen Neil Phillips hit one of vic­tims on the head with a mar­tial arts ba­ton

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