Joe Street jailed for 10 years for raping 78-year-old Gravesend pensioner
PUBLISHED: 17:03 07 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 07 February 2013
A Chatham man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for the rape of a 78 year old woman at her Gravesend home.
Joe Street, 20, previously of Jenkins Dale in Chatham, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court today.
A jury took just 10 minutes to unanimously find him guilty during the trial on 22 November.
The court had heard that on 14 June, the woman was at home when Street called at the property. She answered the door and let him in.
After making inappropriate suggestions to the woman, Street then held her down and raped her. After he left the house, the victim called the police.
Street was sentenced to a decade in jail, to serve a minimum of five years in custody, and has been put on extended licence for six more years. He will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
At the time of sentencing, Judge Jeremy Carey, said: ‘This was a grave offence in which you frightened and terrified your victim, which could be heard in the 999 call.
“When asked by police about this you described the allegations as disgusting. That was the one shed of reality to come from you during this disturbing and highly traumatising case, this was disgusting.”
Street was also sentenced to a year in jail for burglary and six months in total for two attacks on police officers, all to run concurrently.
Investigating officer, Det Con Zoe Traynor of Kent police’s public protection unit, said: “This was a case whereby Street used his strength for his own satisfaction. It was an horrific sexual crime and the speed of which the jury came to its decision only serves to highlight the evidence presented to them in this case.
“The victim is likely to never get over this but is a strong-willed and immensely brave woman who, with the support of her family, is moving on with her life.
“With support of Kent Police and the local council, we have been able to help with moving the victim to a new home as she felt unable to return to the property where the assault took place.”