Man Sentenced For Gravesend Rape

28 February 2017, 08:26 | Updated: 28 February 2017, 08:36

Richard Hayes

A rapist who attacked a vulnerable man on four separate occasions at his home in Gravesend has been jailed for 12 years.

51 year-old Richard Hayes, who used to live on Parrock Street, will serve an additional three years on licence as a result.

The rapes were all committed in August 2015, with Hayes also subjecting the man to violent outbursts that resulted in him being kicked, punched and strangled.

Kent Police officers arrested Hayes on Wednesday 28 September 2015 after his victim disclosed what had happened to a friend.

He was subsequently charged with five counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of actual bodily harm.

Hayes denied the offences but was found guilty following a trial and sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Gordon Lindsay said: "Richard Hayes took advantage of a vulnerable man to meet his own sexual desires, subjecting him to some dreadful crimes in the process.

"He will now serve a significant amount of time behind bars, as is appropriate for such serious offences.

"The victim in this case displayed tremendous courage in supporting the investigation into Hayes, and I hope this result is of some comfort to him. His actions have helped spread an important message that victims of sexual offences need not suffer in silence."

From Kent Police