A West Rhyl pensioner who raped an unconscious woman in her flat has been jailed for seven years.
Vernon Henshaw was found guilty last month of attacking the woman in the kitchen of her Colwyn Bay home in July 2015. He had denied rape, claiming she had consented to having sex with him.
A judge told Henshaw (67) of West Parade that he had ”developed a fascination” with the woman, who had only met him by chance several weeks earlier.
During the three day trial, the court heard Henshaw had been selling off cheap tobacco and cigarettes, which his victim was interested in buying. She had refused to allow him into his home after making unwanted advances.
Henshaw, who is deaf and blind in one eye, found his way into the flat after the front door was left open. He squeezed tightly around her neck, causing her to faint and preceded to rape her. He left, promising to return the following day, but was told that police would be informed. Later that day, he was arrested.
The woman denied during cross examination claims that Henshaw had suggested they should live together and engage in casual sex.
At sentencing, the Recorder Paul Lewis QC told Henshaw that his fascination had extended to occasionally following her around town and sending her notes. At one point, she had to go into a shop to try and avoid him.
Mr Lewis said he accepted Henshaw’s communication and learning difficulties – although he had given his own evidence to the jury without much invervention. He added that although there had been no element of planning in the attack, his victim must have found it ”extremely traumatic and distressing”.
Henshaw, who had accepted he was going to receive a substantial jail term, was also order to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
Source: Daily Post