Rapist with links to Brighton jailed for life after putting victim through 'terrifying ordeal'

Joseph Warren was jailed for life
Joseph Warren was jailed for life

A man who climbed through the window of a woman's home and raped her was handed a life sentence last week, police said.

Joseph Warren, 37 of no fixed address, but who has links to Brighton and Hove, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday November 30.

He had been found guilty of four counts of rape following an earlier six-day trial, police said.

Sussex Police said last year, after consuming alcohol, cocaine and crack cocaine, Warren climbed through the window of a woman's home in Worthing and raped her.

Police said the woman disclosed to officers that Warren had raped her more than ten years earlier.

At the time of the offence, Warren was out on licence having served time in prison for raping a different woman, to which he had pleaded guilty, police said.

Judge Lowe handed Warren a 17-year sentence to service a minimum of eight-and-a-half years. He will be on licence for life and a restraining order against the victim was also imposed.

Detective Constable Stuart McAdams said: “Warren put his victim through a terrifying ordeal. This continued as he refused to accept what he had done and the victim had to relive the incident by giving evidence in court.

“She has been extremely brave throughout the investigation and is determined to see justice done.

“I have no doubt that in supporting prosecution she has prevented serious harm coming to anyone else and for his actions.

“If you have been the victim of such offences or know of someone who has, you can contact us at any time by calling 101 and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.”