March 2013

55-year-old rapist Kevin Price jailed for ‘chilling’ sex attacks on teenager

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RAPIST Kevin Price was today starting a 10 year prison sentence after admitting targeting two females.

The 55-year-old raped one victim when she was aged 15 or 16, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday.

Prosecutor Steven Redmond said Price warned the teenager not to say anything about what had happened.

He said the defendant took his young victim to a lake and made her lie on his coat on a grass embankment before raping her. And he raped the same victim at his allotment.

“He would take her on a regular basis up to his allotment and rape her there,” said Mr Redmond.

The second victim was raped on two occasions. On the first occasion Price took her virginity and after raping her a second time he told her she was never to tell anyone.

Price, of Chell Heath, pleaded guilty to six charges of rape.

Peter McCartney, mitigating, said Price, who has no previous convictions, was ashamed of what he did.

He said the defendant’s guilty pleas prevented the victims having to give evidence in a trial.

Mr McCartney added: “He appears to have begun to realise the long lasting detrimental impact it has had on the victims. He has shown a degree of shame and regret and is willing to undertake any relevant sex offender programmes in prison.

“He did these women great wrong but he has at least recognised that he did that.”

Recorder Rachel Brand QC said the victim impact statements make ‘chilling’ reading.

“It is clear they both have been thoroughly psychologically affected,” said the judge. “Both suffer panic attacks and flashbacks.”

She told Price: “The only thing that can be said in your favour is that by pleading guilty you spared them the ordeal of giving evidence.”

Price will serve half the 10-year sentence in prison with the rest on licence. And he will be on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We welcome today’s sentence as we take all reports of this nature very seriously and are determined to bring offenders to justice.

“We are committed to supporting vulnerable victims through the prosecution process, enlisting extra support for victims through other organisations.

“We would encourage anyone who is a victim of this type of crime to report it to the police.”