23rd Jul, 2019

Redditch man sentenced to life in prison after admitting rape in town centre

Harry Leach 16th Apr, 2019

A REDDITCH man was sentenced to life in prison at Hereford Crown Court on Monday, April 15 after pleading guilty to raping woman in her 20s.

Haresfield Close resident Kenneth Hall, aged 56, targeted the woman as she was walking along Alcester Street in Redditch during the early hours of September 29, 2018.

He assaulted the woman and then raped her in a nearby alleyway.

Hall was arrested later that day and subsequently charged with rape on October 1 where he remained in custody.

Initially he pleaded not guilty to rape but later changed his plea to guilty on the third day of his trial.

Hall was sentenced to life in prison and must serve a minimum of 14 years.

Hall’s mugshot.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Bailey from West Mercia Police said: “This was a despicable crime and demonstrates Hall is clearly an extremely dangerous sex offender.

“His actions have had a huge impact on his victim who has shown great courage in working with police throughout the investigation and trial.

“Hopefully now, she can start to rebuild her life.

“I also hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences and give them the confidence to report their ordeal in the knowledge they will be listened to and supported.”

If you are a victim of a sexual offence you can report it by calling the police on 101 but in an emergency always dial 999.

There are also many agencies you can approach for help, guidance and support.

Head to www.stoprapenow.co.uk for a list of the agencies available in your area.

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