Man jailed for eight years for Harwich rape
A man has been jailed for eight years for the rape of a woman in Harwich last summer.
Joe Jordan, 24, of Barrington Road, Colchester, was found guilty of one count of rape at Ipswich Crown Court on April 26 and was sentenced to eight years imprisonment at the same court today, June 11.
The court heard how, at around 7.55pm on July 17, 2018, Jordan stopped his car on Parkeston Road, having noticed the victim, an acquaintance of his, on the side of the road.
He offered to give the victim a lift home but, instead of taking her back to her address, drove her to a car park and raped her.
He abandoned her near to her house just under an hour later. When the victim, aged in her 30s, collapsed onto the pavement, a neighbour called an ambulance and noticed that she was not wearing any clothing on the lower half of her body.
Jordan was arrested on July 21 after DNA linked him to the sexual assault.
It was later discovered that Jordan did not own the car he’d been driving and, as a result, was charged with several driving offences in addition to the rape.
He had previously pleaded guilty to these, which were: driving whilst disqualified, taking a motor vehicle without consent and driving without insurance. These offences were included in today’s sentence.
Upon conclusion of the case, investigating officer DC Dianne Smith, said: “Firstly, I want to praise the bravery of the victim for speaking up about this incident, which has impacted every impact of her personal life. Her dignity throughout this process has been commendable, and I hope today’s result can allow her to start moving forward.
“There is no question that Jordan’s actions that night were abhorrent. Other witnesses who saw the victim that evening maintain that she was in an extremely vulnerable state, and he chose to exploit that.
“He’s a dangerous individual who saw an opportunity to cause irreparable harm to someone he knew. To this day, he refuses to acknowledge that there was anything wrong with his actions.
“Jordan will remain on the sex offender’s register for life as a stark reminder of the consequences of this unforgivable assault.”