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Whittlesey rapist’s text message apology cuts no ice with judge who jails him for 10 years

The victim drove home and at about 5am, she received the apology text from Doughty

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A rapist who sent a text message apologising to the woman he raped at his Whittlesey home has been jailed for 10 years. Jordan Doughty, 33, texted, “sorry about that mate”, shortly after raping the woman at his then home in Woolpack Lane, Whittlesey, during the early hours of 26 January 2020.

Doughty had taken the victim there after they left a bar in Peterborough at about 1.30am.

Shortly after arriving, the victim fell asleep on a sofa, but awoke to find Doughty lying next to her, forcefully groping her.

She immediately pushed his hand away and told him to stop, however, Doughty ignored her and continued to sexually assault her.

The victim, who was frozen with fear, was then raped by Doughty and when the ordeal stopped, he got off from the sofa and said, “come on, sort yourself out”.

The distraught victim collected her belongings and ran to her car, which had been parked nearby.

While sat inside, she called a friend to say what had happened, but as she was so upset, she couldn’t talk for long.

The victim drove home and at about 5am, she received the apology text from Doughty.

Following a trial last year, Doughty, of Farm Road, Boston, was found guilty of two counts of rape and assault by penetration.

Following a trial last year, Jordan Doughty, of Farm Road, Boston, was found guilty of two counts of rape and assault by penetration.

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She contacted a friend who immediately came to her aid and the police were called.

The victim told officers it was not the first time Doughty had raped her, with another offence three years previous. Officers arrested him at his home a few hours later.

Following a trial last year, Doughty, of Farm Road, Boston, was found guilty of two counts of rape and assault by penetration.

On Thursday (21 March), at Cambridge Crown Court, Doughty was sentenced to ten years in prison.

DC Sonia Kauser, who investigated, said: “I am pleased Doughty has now been sentenced for his horrific crimes against the victim.

“I would like to commend the victim for coming forward and supporting a prosecution and I hope this sentence gives her a sense of closure and justice.

“We will always investigate allegations thoroughly and do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice.”

Survivors of sexual violence can have confidence the police and other partner agencies will support them throughout the investigation and criminal justice process.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a serious sexual offence, there are support options available on Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s rape and sexual assault page.

 

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