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This is what happened when a child rapist claimed a letter would prove his victim wrong

A Cambridgeshire child rapist has failed to convince senior judges that fresh evidence undermines hi..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 17, 2018

A Cambridgeshire child rapist has failed to convince senior judges that fresh evidence undermines his convictions.

Richard Radley, 40, forced himself on a 12-year-old girl after plying her with alcohol.

He also committed a shocking string of other sex offences – including sexually assaulting a child.

Radley, of Rycroft Avenue, St Neots, was jailed for 15 years, with a one-year extended licence period, at Ipswich Crown Court in September 2016.

He was convicted of 11 sex offences in total.

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But at London's Appeal Court today (February 16), Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing heard arguments that fresh evidence made the jury's verdicts "unsafe".

Radley claimed the evidence, in the form of a letter, had come to light since his trial and cast doubt on his victim's account.

Application refused

But the judge said a handwriting expert had been unable to conclude that the letter came from the person he claimed it did.

Even if Radley was right about that, the letter's contents did not arguably affect the safety of his convictions.

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The judge added that Radley's "long delay" in bringing the letter to the attention of the court was "not explained".

"We refuse this application," the appeal judge concluded.

The court heard Radley's victim had kept silent for over a decade about what he did to her before plucking up the courage to go to police.

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