August 2013

Guilty plea in 15-year-old girl rape case

A MALVERN man pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old girl on the day he was due to face trial by jury.

Cornelius Smith, aged 40, of Madresfield Road, was granted bail at Worcester Crown Court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

His wife Sarah Smith, 39, pleaded guilty to child cruelty and was also granted bail.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC warned the husband that he was facing “a very significant prison sentence” when the case is dealt with on December 20.

Charges of sexual activity with a child and two assaults causing actual bodily harm were ordered to lie on the husband’s prosecution file.

Smith attacked the teenager between March 1 and March 31 2008.