Rapist jailed for more than 13 years

Issued on 13/4/18 at 1:45 p.m.

A rapist has been jailed for more than 13 years after he forced his way into an elderly woman’s home and attacked her.

Shyhiem Frances-Myers, 21, of Wigston, knocked on the door of the woman’s home in Wigston on the morning of 13 January.

When she answered the door, Frances-Myers forced his way in and raped her before fleeing - taking her bank card with him.

After he left, the victim immediately called the force for help.

Frances-Myers pleaded guilty to two counts of rape when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court in February. He also admitted two counts of sexual assault and one count of theft at the same hearing.

Today, at the same court, he was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years’ imprisonment. He was also ordered to sign the sexual offenders register for life.

Detective Constable Chris Sherwin, who led the investigation, said: “While this sentence won’t change the horrendous attack Frances-Myers subjected the victim to, I hope it offers some closure to her.

“She has shown incredible bravery throughout this ordeal, and fully supported the police investigation allowing us to bring this offender to justice.”

In October last year, Leicestershire Police launched its All Is Not Lost campaign. The campaign aims to raise greater awareness of rape as a crime, to encourage those who have been a victim to report early and to retain evidence and to dispel myths and preconceptions around victims and perpetrators.

DC Sherwin added: “We have specially trained officers to help victims of rape and sexual assault from the moment they make the report, throughout the whole court process.

“We are here to help and we urge victims of sexual offences to come forward knowing that they will be taken seriously and as much support as possible will be provided.”

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