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A 19-year-old man has been sentenced for a sex attack on a woman on Wroxham Road in Ipswich.
Reece Davies, of Star Lane in Ipswich, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison at Ipswich Crown Court (Monday 19 December) after pleading guilty at an early hearing at the end of November.
The incident happened on Wroxham Road in Ipswich in the early hours of Sunday 17th July 2011.
The 51-year-old woman was returning home after being on a nightclub in Ipswich town centre and had shared a taxi with Davies back to the Rivers estate. They both got out of the vehicle and the man then assaulted her in the street.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart McCallum, who led the investigation, said: “This was an extremely traumatic ordeal for the victim who was subjected to a callous attack. The fact Mr Davies pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing is a tribute to the courage of the victim in this case.”
“It is important to record the determination, hard work and tenacity of the officers and staff who worked on the investigation from the outset, the excellent working relationship we have with the Crown Prosecution Service, and the positive support the victim has received from specialist staff within the Constabulary and the Sexual Assault Referral Centre.”
“The viewing of CCTV to help secure this outcome was vital in our investigation, and this result demonstrates what a useful tool CCTV can be, assiting police to solve this and many other different types of crime.”
DCI McCallum added: “The officers involved in the investigation worked tirelessly to gather a great deal of evidence and painstakingly sifted through a considerable amount of CCTV in this sensitive case.”
“I would like to reassure the community that these types of attacks are thankfully rare in our county and also take this opportunity to thank everyone who came forward and helped the police during this investigation, since we had a good response from members of the public.”