Man jailed after being found guilty of raping his wife
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A man has been sentenced to six years imprisonment after being convicted at court of raping his wife.
The offence happened in August 2017 when the victim was living with the defendant in the Charnwood area.
Following a night out, during which the defendant was reported to have got angry with the victim, they returned home where they defendant then raped her.
The victim did not initially think the offence was rape due to her being married to the defendant until she talked with a friend about what had happened around a week later. The friend encouraged the victim to report it to police.
A full investigation was then carried out by Leicestershire Police’s Signal department with evidence being gathered which led to the defendant, who is in his 40s, being charged.
On Friday (5 November), following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, the defendant was found guilty of one count of rape. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
Following conversations with the victim of the offence, Leicestershire Police has chosen not to name the defendant in order to help further protect the victim’s identity and to help raise awareness of the offence.
Sergeant Steve Wallage said: “The victim of this offence initially thought that this would not be investigated as a rape offence due to the defendant being her husband at the time. It was only when talking with a friend that she was encouraged to report it to us and we were able to investigate and bring the offender to court.
“There can be a lot of common myths about what rape is but ultimately if a person has forced you to have sex with them then that is rape – whether the person is known to you or not.
“If you believe you have been a victim of a sexual offence then please speak with someone about it and please report it to us.
“We treat all reports of rape and sexual assault extremely seriously and have specially trained officers in place who will provide advice and support to you throughout the investigation.”