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Sex attacker loses appeal against severe sentence

2014-12-22 20:16:24

Neville Emmanuel Williams
Neville Emmanuel Williams

A sick Solihull sex attacker who celebrated his birthday by raping a mother in front of her baby has had his severe sentence upheld.

Neville Emmanuel Williams' victim was so terrified that she waited more than a decade before going to the police.

But justice caught up with the 57-year-old when he was caged for 10 years in December last year after he was convicted of rape.

Mr Justice Nicol told London's Appeal Court how Williams strayed into the 19-year-old's Birmingham home and violated her after picking up her infant.

"That must have made her even more terrified," the judge observed.

Williams, of Woodpecker Grove, Smiths Wood, Birmingham, boasted that he was celebrating his 42nd birthday as he raped his victim on October 1, 1999.

Then he threatened to return and rape the young mum again if she called the police.

The attack drove her to flee the city with her child, and she travelled to the furthest extremities of England to escape the memory of what happened.

But a dozen years later she found the courage to go to police, leading to Williams' eventual sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was handed a 10-year prison term, ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life and subjected to a restraining order to protect his victim.

But yesterday Williams went to the Appeal Court, complaining that his punishment was too tough.

He argued that 10 years was too long for the crime he committed.

However, Mr Justice Nicol, sitting with Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Stewart, ruled that Williams deserved every single day of his sentence.

He had "held his victim against her will in her own home" and his sentence was "neither wrong in principle nor manifestly excessive," he ruled.

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