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Sex beast Paul Kent is a 'dangerous manipulator'
PROSECUTORS say a Basingstoke man convicted of multiple rapes is a dangerous manipulator.
Paul Kent, of Maybrook in Chineham was last week found guilty of 20 crimes against women.
A jury of seven women and five men spent nearly 37 hours considering their verdicts following a seven week trial at Winchester Crown Court.
They found Kent, a mechanic, guilty of nine counts of rape against four different women.
He was also found guilty of five counts of sexual activity with a child – offences committed against two girls aged 14 and 15.
And he was convicted of blackmail, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, intimidation, and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Kent did not react when the jury foreman read out the last of the verdicts last Thursday.
Addressing Kent, who had been laughing and joking with security staff, Judge Guy Boney said: “You have been convicted of a large number of very serious offences and I have to tell you that a substantial prison sentence is unavoidable.”
Following the verdicts, Wessex Crown Prosecution Service crown advocate Ellie Fargin, who bought the case against Kent, said he was devious and would often threaten his victims with violence.
She said: “Paul Kent is a dangerous sexual predator who has been manipulating, controlling, and raping adult women as well as grooming and abusing young girls.
“In addition to the abuses he inflicted on these women he made threats of intimidation against one of them whom he had abused when she was a child and he assaulted another woman.
“He was also found guilty of blackmailing a further woman of £10,000 and threatened to get it from her family if she failed to pay.
“We would like to thank all the victims in this case who had the tremendous courage to come forward and give evidence in court. We hope that with this prosecution they will now be able to move forward with their lives.”
Detective Constable Louise Trigg, who investigated the case, said: “This was a harrowing and difficult trial. Mr Kent is a very dangerous man whose behaviour towards women and young girls was depraved, sadistic and degrading.”
She said the women who were his victims had shown great courage in coming forward and his conviction sent a strong message that Hampshire Constabulary was committed to investigating all reports of abuse and sexual offences.
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