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13 January 2011, 16:30
A man who raped a teenage girl at a block of flats in Essex has been jailed.
21 year old Richard Taylor, from Blyth Avenue, Shoebury, was found guilty following trial at Southend Crown Court, of three counts of rape and one of sexual assault in October.
Judge Christopher Mitchell, sentencing Taylor at Basildon Crown Court jailed him for seven years for each of the rapes to run concurrently and two years for the sexual assault, also to run concurrently.
He was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely after raping a 17-year-old girl from Southend at a block of flats in Coleman Street at 10.30pm on April 19.
Senior investigating officer DCI Godfrey O’Toole, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “When Richard Taylor took hold of his victim and forced her back into those flats his actions were cold, calculated and without mercy.
“My thanks goes out to the team of officers from Southend CID and the Serious Crime Directorate, who worked tirelessly to bring about the early arrest and conviction of Taylor.
“Most importantly it is our sincere wishes that this result will bring about some closure for the victim and allow her to move on with her life.”