A rapist has been jailed for seven years thanks to the ‘incredible courage’ of his victim.
Brandon Hewlett, 21, was convicted of three counts of rape and one of threatening to disclose a private sexual photograph.
The offences took place in York and Goole between 2018 and 2020. The victim, who was known to Hewlett, told the police what had happened, and he was arrested.
Hewlett, of Goole, denied his guilt throughout, but was convicted by a jury at York Crown Court in November.
Today (Friday 13 January), he was sentenced to seven years and six months in jail. He will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
DS Mike Hewitt, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “The victim in this case showed incredible courage to stand up to Hewlett, and with the support of her family and friends she was able to provide evidence against him.
“Her strength and bravery saw him convicted of the horrendous crimes he committed against her – and will also prevent others becoming victims of Hewlett’s depraved behaviour.”
North Yorkshire Police urged all victims of rape and sexual assault to come forward.
A force spokesperson said: “If you’re not ready to talk to the police just yet, that’s okay too. On the North Yorkshire Police website you can find a range of organisations who you can speak to in confidence and get support, advice and medical help.
“Whatever has happened, we want to hear from you as soon as possible, so that we can make sure you’re safe.”