A West Rhyl man has been found guilty of raping a woman in her flat.
Vernon Henshaw was told to expect a jail sentence after he was convicted of sexually assaulting his victim as she lay unconscious in the kitchen of her Colwyn Bay home in April 2015.
The 67 year-old from West Parade denied the rape bute was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court at the end of a three-day trial.
The court heard Henshaw, who is deaf and blind in one eye had been selling off tobacco and cigarettes cheaply – and his victim had been interested in buying from him.
She found him on the doorstep when she returned home on 27th April 2015, but refused to allow him into the flat, having previously made unwanted advances.
But Henshaw made his way into the flat after one of her pet cats had escaped – she opened the door and left the front door open. She only realised he was in the house when he used his hands to squeeze tightly around her neck, causing her to faint.
The woman found herself face down on the floor when she regained consciousness as Henshaw raped her. She told him to stop and Henshaw left, telling her she would return the next day. He was told that police would be informed – and Henshaw was arrested on the same day.
When interviewed, Henshaw claimed he had been invited into the flat for a cup of tea – and had known the woman for around four weeks. He had suggested they live together and engage in casual sex – allegations denied by the victim when cross examined.
A jury of seven men and five women returned a unanimous guilty verdict against Henshaw. The judge, Mr Recorder Paul Lewis, adjourned sentencing until a later date and released Henshaw on bail.
Source: Daily Post