Prestatyn man jailed after rape and assault

Published date: 23 January 2014 |
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A PRESTATYN man was jailed for eight years on Thursday for rape and other offences.

Colan Burns, age 32, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) under which he must not approach his victim.

Burns of Cassandra Court in Prestatyn, denied ten charges including three rapes, assault by penetration and two charges of physical assault.

He denied all charges and told the jury that the allegations were simply not true.

But he was convicted at the end of the trial this afternoon.

Judge Parry said that he subjected his victim to violence and sexual assault.

“You put your own selfish needs including your own sexual gratification above everything else,” the judge told him.

The judge branded the defendant “a controlling bully” with no regard for his victim which made her feel desperate.

He said that the defendant was a man who lost all self control on occasions.

Burns had kicked, punched and struck his victim before raping her, which gave him an additional thrill.

“You knew she was not consenting,” he said.

The judge warned that the case had some of the hallmarks of a 15 year case.

But he had no previous convictions and was an industrious family man.

The judge said that he had considered but ruled out a sentence for public protection.

There was some recognition on his part that his behaviour was unacceptable which gave “a glimmer of hope for the future.”

Burns received concurrent sentences of eight years, three years and 12 months making a total of eight years.

Judge Parry thanked the jury and told them that they had been asked, unfortunately to deal with a very distasteful case.


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