Yate rapist jailed for attacks on woman and children

A YATE man has been jailed for 21 years for raping a woman and a child.

Craig Ogborne, aged 37, was also found guilty of sexual offences against another child after a trial.

In total he was found guilty of six charges – two of raping a woman, one of raping a child, two counts of sexually assaulting a child and one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Ogborne was found not guilty of 12 other charges during the trial, which took place in July.

A judge at Bristol Crown Court sentenced Ogborne to a 21-year prison sentence, with an extra year on extended licence.

He will have to spend at least the next 13 years in jail, has been banned by a restraining order from contacting any of his victims and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to stop him targeting vulnerable people in future.

Ogborne will also be on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

Avon and Somerset police released a statements from his victims after he was sentenced.

One of the children he attacked said: “I can’t sleep properly at night because, when I close my eyes, I see him, I hear him and ‘feel’ him.

“My life has been affected badly. I cancel plans if I’m out with friends, if I see someone who looks like him or is driving his vehicle. I have to get home.”

The other child Ogborne assaulted said: “I still stay awake until the early hours until I am tired enough to sleep. I know I am in a safe place but I don’t feel safe when I wake up.

“I am scared to do most things because I didn’t want to risk seeing him.”

The adult victim said Ogborne’s attacks had left her with a “deep sense of embarrassment and shame” and she struggled to talk with friends and family, for fear of them finding out what happened.

She said: “I don’t know how I am going to trust other people again.”

Detective Sergeant Tom Elliott, who led the police case, said: “I want to commend all three victims for the courage and integrity they have shown in speaking out about what happened with Ogborne.

“Their actions have ensured that Ogborne will not be released from prison for at least 13 years, and therefore cannot harm anyone else.

“I hope this sentence will offer some level of closure for the victims so they can move forward in their lives and feel safer in their day-to-day lives.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to the jury and the Crown Prosecution Service for their time and diligence in considering what was a very difficult case.

“I would urge anyone who is a victim of rape or sexual offence to come forward. It is never too late and we are dedicated to supporting the victim to get justice.”

Anyone who is a victim of rape or sexual assault, whenever it happened, can call The Bridge, a sexual assault referral centre, on 0117 342 6999 at any time of day or year, or visit the website at thebridgecanhelp.org.uk.

More support can be found at www.thisisnotanexcuse.org.

Sexual assaults can be reported to the police at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/rape-and-sexual-assault.