Man who raped woman in Huntingdon jailed

Crown Court News

Crown Court News

A man who raped a woman on a boat in Huntingdon is amongst three sex attackers who have been jailed this week.

Adam Bates, 32, of Houghton Road in St Ives, was sentenced to 14 years in prison at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday, July 6 for two offences of rape.

Ryan John Rostron, 28, of Monarchs Road in Sutterton, was sentenced to nine years in prison for rape, actual body harm, threats to cause criminal damage and threats to kill when he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday, July 1.

On Monday, July 4, Benjamin Morris, 32, of Bourne Road in Cambridge was jailed for 16 years at Cambridge Crown Court for sexually assaulting two boys in Cambridge and a girl in the USA.

Bates targeted one of his victims during a night out in St Ives.

He met the victim at a pub in November, 2015 and raped her after luring her to his car by offering her shelter from the rain while she smoked a cigarette.

The second assault took place on Bates’ boat at Hartford Marina, Huntingdon, in March 2014.

This victim came forward after hearing about Bates’ other offence.

Rostron raped his victim in 2011, also making threats to burn her car and kill her.

Morris travelled to Vermont to visit friends when he befriended a teenage girl and sexually assaulted her. The offence was investigated by Cambridgeshire officers after he was not extradited by the authorities in the USA.

During the investigation into the offences committed against the girl, officers identified two Cambridge boys who had also been victims.

Detective Sergeant Richard Stott said: “Each of these offenders’ actions has had a deep and lasting impact on their victims. The sentences handed down by the courts reflect the seriousness of these crimes and ensure these dangerous individuals are no longer able to prey on others.

“As a force we take all allegations of sexual abuse and assault very seriously no matter how long ago the offences occurred and I would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim to get in touch with us.

“These were very different and complex cases involving a number of different officers and I would like to thank all those involved in ensuring these offenders were brought to justice for their hard work and dedication.”