Man who sexually assaulted vulnerable woman jailed for 18 years

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A man who carried out a series of horrific sexual assaults on a vulnerable woman over several years has been jailed after a “troubling” police investigation.

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Kevin Smith, 55, of east London, was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 years in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court, having previously pleaded guilty to 18 counts of rape and assault between January 2016 and July 2021.

Smith, who also used the name ‘Ian Dormer’, would serve six years on the license upon release.

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The victim, who is a vulnerable woman, disclosed what was happening to the mental health services staff and they informed the police shortly after.

Smith was arrested on Saturday, July 24. He was charged and remanded in custody the next day.

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Officers from the North East Safeguarding Team confiscated and searched Smith’s phone, revealing a troubled search history about rape and other sex crimes and the legality surrounding them.

A thorough search of Smith’s address was also conducted, during which officers learned that he had planned to run away before police arrived.

He had reportedly removed the sofa, bed and cupboards in an attempt to give the impression that he did not live there, and also packed his belongings in boxes.

On his phone officers found he had researched where he could go within the UK to go missing, and how he could get rid of his phone so that the police would never find it.

Detective Constable India Allen said: “This was a rigorous investigation involving an aggrieved woman, who suffered grievously at the hands of Smith, who used her position of trust to mistreat her.

“His support has been crucial during our investigation and judicial process. I would like to thank and commend him for the outstanding courage and bravery shown by him.

“I hope that Smith’s substantial sentence will give her some comfort as she looks to the next chapters of her life, secure in the knowledge that Smith is behind bars.

“I urge anyone who is a victim of a sex crime to speak to us. We will confidently listen to you, we will investigate, and we will use our expert skills and expertise to bring perpetrators to justice. Will try my best.”

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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