Woman is raped in her own home

A RUGBY man who 'got carried away' and raped a woman in her Rugby home has been jailed for three-and-a-half years by a judge at Warwick Crown Court.

John Kelly, 45, of Biart Place, who had admitted raping the woman after going to her home in January, was also ordered to register for life as a sex offender.

Prosecutor Vicki Lofrese said Kelly had known the woman, who is in her 30s, many years ago as a friend.

They met up again late last year and he visited her home, but at no time did she give the impression that it was any more than a friendship.

But in January he turned up at her home, where she had other visitors at the time, and when he took his coat off Kelly, who was acting strangely, told her he had had a shave for her.

Kelly, who had also had a haircut, told her he had been thinking about her all day.

After her guests had left she went to have a bath, taking a glass of wine with her, and afterwards she went into the sitting room in her pyjamas where Kelly had remained.

They began talking, but Kelly tried to kiss her on a number of occasions, and she pushed him away, telling him to 'pack it in'.

But Kelly ignored her and pulled down her pyjama trousers and performed an act of oral sex on her, then undid his own trousers and raped her.

He withdrew after very a short time and told his victim: "I feel so sorry. I should not have done that."

The woman, who was crying, told him he had raped her and that he should leave, and then went to a neighbour's home in a distressed state and the police were called.

She later received a text from Kelly telling her he was sorry, and when he was arrested Kelly told the police he accepted he had got carried away and gone too far.

Sara Pratt, defending said: "He recognises he must be punished. This offence is most definitely a one-off for him when he got carried away after misreading the situation."

She added that Kelly's mother is living in sheltered accommodation, where he visits her at least once a week to do the garden and odd jobs for her, and it is 'a matter of regret' for him that he will not be able to continue doing so.

Before passing sentence, Judge James Pyke pointed out that he has to follow guidelines which are laid down in relation to sentencing, and appropriate guideline sentence in the case would be one of five years imprisonment after a trial, with a reduction from that for his early guilty plea.

And jailing Kelly, the judge told him: "You have pleaded guilty to an offence of rape.

"After she had rejected your advances and made it clear she did not want a sexual relationship with you, you subjected her to oral sex before taking down your own trousers and penetrating her.

"But it seems you came to your senses almost immediately and apologised, and since then you have demonstrated what I accept is genuine remorse."