Man jailed for seven years after raping a woman in Gosport house six years ago

A MAN who raped a woman at a home in Gosport in 2016 has been jailed for seven years.

By Hollie Busby
Friday, 20th May 2022, 6:26 pm
Updated Friday, 20th May 2022, 6:26 pm

Mark Anthony Roberts, 55, of Stonebeach Rise, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court today (May 20).

The victim, who was 22 at the time of the assault (October 2016), reported the rape in November 2020 at Fareham Police Station.

She has been supported by specialist officers in the subsequent months.

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Portsmouth Crown Court Picture: Chris Moorhouse Saturday 3rd November 2018 FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Roberts was subsequently interviewed under caution and later charged as part of a police investigation.

He was today sentenced and will also have to sign the sex offenders register for life.

The judge described the victim as ‘heroic’ for coming forward and reporting the non-recent offence.

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Det Con Marie Harding, from the Operation Amberstone team, said: ‘It takes a great deal of courage for anyone who has been the victim of rape or sexual assault to come forward and report the matter to police. I want to commend the bravery of this woman for telling officers what had happened to her a number of years beforehand and for supporting this investigation through to court.

‘She is keen that her experience can inspire others who have been the victim of similar offences to come forward. Even if there is a delay in reporting, there can still be a chance to secure a conviction.

‘Our specialist officers will investigate thoroughly and will seek justice wherever possible.

‘The man responsible in this case has now rightly been brought to justice and can’t harm another person while he serves his prison sentence.

‘We take allegations of sexual offences incredibly seriously, and do everything in our power to support victims and bring perpetrators to justice. We also work closely with a number of support agencies who provide specialist help to those who need it.

‘We understand not everyone is comfortable talking to police, but please know that there are other independent support agencies out there that can provide you with the help you need.’

Anyone who has been affected by this type of crime is encouraged to contact police on 101 to speak to a specially trained officer in confidence.

Details on on how to report sexual assault and where to seek support can be found at hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/support-for-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-assault.