Rapist who attacked woman in his own home jailed

A man who attacked a woman in his own home has been jailed for 11 years.

Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 3:54 pm

Bevis Smith, 23, of Duck Lane, St Neots, invited the woman to his house on 27 June, 2019.

The woman agreed as she believed it to be on a friendly basis. However, he began to try and kiss her to which she told him no.

Smith continued and despite continual protests and trying to get him off, he raped her.

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Bevis Smith

Officers worked closely with staff at The Elms Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) to investigate and build a case against him.

The case also included an incident from 2017 where it was alleged that Smith had sexually assaulted a young girl in the Huntingdon area and a separate incident in 2019 of a similar nature, but this time with a woman.

Smith denied all allegations put to him in interview. However, he was found guilty over the course of three trials of rape, sexual assault on a woman and sexual assault on a girl under 13.

Smith was sentenced yesterday (27 September) at Cambridge Crown Court to 11 years in prison. When he is released he will be subject to a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a ten-year restraining order against the victims.

DS George Neal said: “Smith was a predator who saw opportunity in vulnerable woman and girls.

“I am pleased he has received a jail sentence, he is a dangerous individual and is not safe to be in normal society.

“I’d like to commend all the victims for coming forward and their bravery from initial report, throughout the investigation and all the way to trial”.