Businessman guilty of Stratford rape

By Rob Virtue on December 3, 2013 12:49 PM |

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A man has been found guilty of breaking into a woman's home in east London and raping her at knifepoint.

Ricahrd Holmes, 40, of Rainham in Medway, Kent, was convicted on Monday at Snaresbrook Crown Court following a two-week trial.

The incident took place in an address near Stratford High Street on the evening of July 10, last year, as the victim was leaving her home.

The suspect grabbed the victim on the stairs and forced her into the kitchen, where she was ordered to remove her clothes.

Holmes then raped her before escaping.

The victim called friends who alerted the police and an investigation was launched.

Four days later Holmes was arrested after identified by his DNA.

He was charged on July 16 and remanded in custody.

A year later, a second woman came forward to say she had also been attacked by Holmes in Kent.

Holmes, who ran an IT company, was found guilty of rape, trespass, assault by penetration and actual bodily harm.

He was cleared of three counts of rape. He will be sentenced on February 7.

DC Bobby McIlwaine said: "Holmes attacked a woman in the safety of her home. He subjected her to a brutal and terrifying ordeal before running away. The courage of the victim in reporting this attack in July 2012 ultimately gave a second woman the courage to speak out about her abuse at the hands of Holmes.

"That he has been convicted of both aspects of his violent abuse towards women is directly linked to the courage of both women who have provided evidence; and I commend them for this."

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