Coventry man threw 76-year-old dog walker into ditch before raping her

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Coventry man threw 76-year-old dog walker into ditch before raping her

Postby dutchman » Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:59 pm

Glenroy Barnes launched the savage attack after trying to talk to his victim

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A Coventry man has been jailed for more than 12 years after the rape of a 76-year-old as she walked her dog.

Glenroy Barnes, 27, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (November 20) to 12 years and nine months with an extended five year sentence for the rape and sexual assault of his female victim.

Barnes had pleaded guilty to the two offences before the trial, although he entered not guilty pleas at the first hearing.

The victim encountered Barnes who was also walking his husky-type dog in a village in the Rugby area of Warwickshire.

He tried to engage her in conversation on February 7 before dragging his elderly victim into a ditch and carrying out the vicious assault.

Barnes was later linked to his victim from DNA and blood under his fingernails.

Miss Collins added in a victim impact statement the victim spoke of the emotional impact of the attack and her desire to scrub herself clean.

But she also said she was determined that the ordeal would not defeat her.

Prosecutor Siobhan Collins told Warwick Crown Court Barnes had a string of convictions for robbery, violence and exposure.Jailing Barnes, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: "I have read her victim impact statement. Rarely are such statements so moving. This has had an enormous impact on that person.

"Glenroy Barnes has numerous offences on his record. There is a litany of violence against fellow humans and in 2015 he was sentenced for wounding.

"It is then that a very disturbing aspect of this man's psyche has come out."

Of the rape, the judge said: "He grabbed her and threw her into a ditch, and immediately the sexual offences began.

"He got her out of the ditch and moved her along. I have absolutely no doubt he was moving her to another location, and that the offences would not stop.

"This is one of the gravest offences of rape one can imagine. There was degradation and humiliation, and there was violence and threats beyond what was required for the offence.

"I find Mr Barnes does present a clear and present danger, and I can see no end to it."

Barnes, deemed a danger to the public was ordered to serve and extended sentence meaning his must serve at least two thirds of his sentence behind bars before he can be considered for release.

After release, he must remain on licence for the remainder of the custodial period and for a further five years.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offender's register for life.

Kanwal Juss of the CPS, said: “These offences have traumatised the 76-year-old victim and while the evidence against Barnes was overwhelming, he chose to plead not guilty until a few days before the trial causing further distress to the victim and her family."

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