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9 June 2010, 15:10
Phillip Lucas has been found guilty of two counts of rape and one for sexual assault following a 2 week trial at Basildon Crown Court.
The 22 year old, formerly of Central Avenue, Southend, was convicted of raping a 21 year old woman in the High Street in April 2008.
A 17 year old girl was also raped and sexually assaulted in Weston Road in August 2009. Both attacks took place in the early hours of the morning.
DI Jim Sandford from Southend CID said: “This man was known to his victims and he preyed on them while on nights out to take advantage of them in the worst possible way.
“By denying he was responsible for these offences he forced his victims to relive their ordeals by giving evidence in court.
“Tribute must be paid to these young women for the courage they have shown in helping bring this predatory man to justice.”
Sentencing of Lucas was adjourned for up to four weeks for reports to be prepared. He was remanded in court custody.