Man convicted of rape in Chelmsford

A man has been convicted of raping a man in a Chelmsford alleyway.

In the early hours of August 9 2021, following a night out, the victim was unwell in Baddow Road when he was approached by 28 year-old Luke Bennett who offered to help him.

Bennett, of Townsend Springfield, walked the unknown man to an alleyway off Baddow Road and raped and sexually assaulted him.

Bennett called for an ambulance, and waited with the victim, who is in his 20s, but left when the paramedics arrived.

He was arrested nearby a few hours later and subsequently charged with rape and sexual assault.

He was convicted today, Wednesday June 22, following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court and is due to be sentenced on the same court on July 25.

Detective Constable Ann-Marie Aubynn, who led the investigation, said: “Rape is often the use of power by one person against another.

“The victim in this case has been strong throughout the investigation and seen it through to today, when Bennett was convicted and I want to praise his determination and courage to aid justice being done.

“We support all victims of sexual assault or rape and would encourage anyone who has been sexually assaulted to have the courage to come forward and report to us and we will support you too.”

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Mick Ferris

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