October 2017

Man jailed for Horsham rape

A man has been jailed for raping a teenage girl in Horsham.

Police said Reece Pettitt, 20, unemployed, of Charrington Way, Broadbridge Heath, was convicted in August of the rape of a girl in the town in 2015.

The 20-year-old invited himself into into her room where he began to make unwanted sexual approaches.

He ignored her repeated pleas to leave before carrying out the rape.

He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (October 13). He will also be a registered sex offender for life.

Officers said Pettitt was found not guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice in Crawley in April last year in relation to this case.