A Chesterfield rapist who left a woman suffering nightmares and anxiety has been jailed.
Rys Turner’s vile actions were uncovered after the woman came forward and told officers of the rape after he assaulted her in March 2023.
In a statement read out at court, she explained the devastating impact that the crimes had on her. She said: ”I’ve been taking sleeping tablets because my thoughts keep me awake at night and I don’t want to fall to sleep and have anymore nightmares about everything.
“I don’t think my life will ever be the same after this.
“I just want to be left alone, I don’t want to see anyone and I don’t want to speak to anyone either.
“I’m so closed off from the outside world it’s affecting my anxiety even more.
“Sleeping is still a massive struggle, the nightmares put me right back in those traumatic moments, they feel so real I’m waking up in a panic.”
The 26-year-old, of Littlemoor, Newbold, appeared at Derby Crown Court on 15 December when he was jailed for six years after admitting rape.
He was also handed a restraining order preventing him from having any contact with the victim for 16 years and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register.
Detective Constable Joseph Collard, who led the investigation, said: “I’d like to commend the strength of the victim in this case. She has been incredibly brave throughout and her courage has helped to bring Turner to justice.
“There has been a real multi-agency approach in this case and I’d like to thank all those who have been involved in helping to get this case to court, including the social care team, prison service and probation, as Turner continued to try and manipulate the victim even while behind bars on remand.
“I’m very pleased with the prison sentence for Turner, a particularly dangerous individual whose controlling nature towards the victim left her in such a damaged state that she struggled for months to even leave the house. However through the work of victim support and many visits from officers, she has now been able to talk again with social care and gained increased confidence in police.
“I hope that this sentencing will now allow her to begin to move on from this incredibly difficult chapter in her life and start to look to the future.”
If you or someone you know has been the victim of rape, sexual assault or another sexual offence please reach out for help and support.
If you have been affected by a similar crime, whether recent or non-recent, and would like some support you can contact SV2 – a Derbyshire based organisation who support victims of sexual violence.
You can contact them online www.sv2.org.uk or via their advice line 01773 746 115 (open 8am – 5pm) regardless of whether you wish to report an incident to police.
The Derbyshire SARC provides free, confidential healthcare, and compassionate support for adults who have experienced any form of sexual assault. Their helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and can be contacted on 0300 223 0099.
Call to speak with a nurse. If you're not ready to report to police, that's ok. The SARC takes self-referrals, as well as referrals from professionals, and can make sure you get the help, support and guidance you need. Find out more at: https://millfieldhousesarc.co.uk/