Rapist locked up for life is branded danger to women

JAILED Alexander Bell
JAILED Alexander Bell
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A MAN branded one of the most dangerous criminals a judge has ever seen has been jailed for life.

Alexander Bell is behind bars after found guilty of robbing and sexually assaulting a woman in her teens in August last year.

The 47-year-old was on bail for those crimes when he raped a woman in her 30s twice on the same night in October 2012.

He was found guilty of all four offences following two separate trials.

Both victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were attacked in the Havant area.

Portsmouth Crown Court had heard Bell attacked the youngest victim in the early hours

She dialled 999 at one point to say she was worried about what he was going to do and was then heard shouting for help. The victim was sexually assaulted but managed to get away.

Bell stole her bag and mobile phone. He was arrested a short while later.

The second victim was raped twice on the same night.

Bell knew both of his victims.

Judge Richard Price sentenced Bell, of Barncroft Way, Havant, to three life sentences for the rapes at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The three sentences will run concurrently.

Bell was also sentenced to two years for the robbery, which he will also serve concurrently.

During sentencing Judge Price described Bell as one of the most dangerous men he had seen at Portsmouth Crown Court in 18 years.

Speaking after the sentencing, investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Larder said: ‘Alex Bell is a danger to women, a point that was echoed by the judge in his comments during sentencing.

‘Bell’s charming personality belied his real attitudes and intentions.

‘Both women attacked by Bell were extremely brave in supporting this investigation and prosecution.

‘One of our priorities is keeping victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do.

‘This work includes ensuring police secure best evidence, and keeping a victim informed and involved throughout the entire process to help bring offenders to justice.

‘We always encourage anyone affected by such traumatic events to come forward and tell the police.

‘There are combined efforts between police and partner agencies to provide every support possible for the well-being of rape survivors.’