Nottingham man jailed for five years for raping woman in her home

Nottingham Crown Court

Robert Hessey, 23, formally of Berridge Road East, Forest Fields, pleaded guilty to rape at Nottingham crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 2 August).

On Sunday 3 January 2016 at around 3am, Hessey approached a 46-year-old woman at a bus stop in Arnold whilst she was waiting for a taxi to take her the rest of her journey home.

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Hessey asked to share the taxi with the woman and then invited himself into her house where he raped her.

The judge sentenced him to five years in prison, as well as imposing a restraining order not to approach his victim. He will remain on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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DC Emma Pollard said:

“Hessey knew that the woman was afraid of him and he abused this as a way of gaining entry into her house.

“There are no excuses for this type of behaviour. There is still a widely perpetrated myth that implicit consent can be given by someone’s actions, such as allowing them into their house.

“This is absolutely unacceptable and, although no sentence could truly reflect the pain Hessey inflicted on this woman, I am pleased with the result.

“I would to thank her for being so brave throughout this case and I hope this shows how seriously these offences are taken.”