Rapist jailed for 15 years

David Walsh, who was convicted of raping two women in Preston and Blackpool

David Walsh, who was convicted of raping two women in Preston and Blackpool

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A man who was convicted of raping two women has been jailed for 15 years.

David Walsh, 33, was jailed after he was found guilty of two counts of rape following a trial in August.

The first offence took place against a 20-year-old woman at an address in Blackpool on January 12, 2014.

The second offence took place against a 35-year-old woman at an address in Preston in 2012.

Walsh, of Railton Avenue, Blackburn, was originally charged with the 2014 offence and stood trial earlier this year, but the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Following the trial, the second victim came forward to report that she had been raped by Walsh in 2012.

Police started their enquiries and Walsh was subsequently charged in connection with the 2012 incident and faced a re-trial over the original charge.

Walsh was ordered to serve a minimum term of 11 years and will only be eligible for release if the parole board deems him to have shown remorse for his crimes.

Otherwise he will serve the full term of 15 years.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

DI Lee Wilson said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Walsh today. He is clearly a very dangerous man who had no regard for the rights of his victims and committed deplorable acts against them.

“Both victims have been extremely brave in reporting these offences to us and they have shown tremendous courage throughout the investigation and subsequent court case.

“I hope today’s result allows them move on with their lives now that Walsh has been jailed for a significant period of time.

“I would also like to commend the officers in this case, DCs Bev Thomas and Rebecca Herbert.

“Throughout the investigation they have shown great determination and tenacity in bringing Walsh to justice for his actions.

“This case shows just how seriously we take reports of sexual offences and I hope it gives other victims the confidence to come forward safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally throughout.

“If you have been the victim of a sexual offence, I would urge you to come forward and report it to us so that we can provide you with help and support and bring offenders to justice.”