Man jailed after 2017 rape of woman in Southend

Specialist detectives have secured justice for a woman who had been raped by a man in Southend after her attacker was jailed.

Heine Esterhuizen assaulted the victim at his home in Royal Mews, Southend on October 28, 2017 after a night out drinking.

He had started trying to have sex with her despite her telling him she did not want to.

The victim reported the incident on November 6 and Esterhuizen was arrested the following day.

The 25 year-old denied the charge but following a trial at Basildon Crown Court was convicted of three counts of rape and one count of breaching a non-molestation order.

He was jailed for six years and nine months.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Luke Dangerfield said: “Heine Esterhuizen subjected the woman to a horrendous ordeal forcing himself on her despite her repeatedly telling him she did not want to have sex with him.

“She has shown incredible courage to report what happened and I want to praise the bravery she has shown throughout the investigation and court proceedings.

“Esterhuizen will now spend the foreseeable future behind bars and I hope she feels justice has been secured.

“No-one should experience the ordeal she has but when they do they are supported by specialist officers and staff who care for their wellbeing and have the skills and training to carry out thorough investigations.”

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Mick Ferris

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