Northumbria Police tell rape victims ‘we’ll believe you’ after sex worker attacked

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird
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You will be believed. That is the message today from Northumbria Police after a man was jailed for 13 years for raping a sex worker.

The victim has given permission for police to release details of her occupation to urge any victim of rape to report it to police, no matter who you are or what personal lifestyle you lead.

John Corbett, 42, of The Avenue, Hetton, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after being found guilty by a jury.

The incident happened in January this year where he locked the woman in a room for a number of hours before raping her.

She was able to ring the police and Corbett made off. He was quickly traced and arrested in nearby woodland. He was charged with rape and false imprisonment and has today been sentenced to 13 years with an additional five-years on licence at Newcastle Crown Court.

Specialist officers from Northumbria Police’s dedicated Protecting Vulnerable People team have supported the victim throughout the investigation to help bring this offender to justice.

And their work will continue to support the woman as she tries to move on from this terrifying ordeal.

Detective Constable Ian Moore, who works with victims of rape, has supported the victim through the investigation and stresses the importance of reporting any sexual assault to police.

DC Moore said: “When we get a result like this, it reaffirms just how important it is for any victim of rape to report it to us. You will be believed. No matter who you are, or what your background is, your report will be taken extremely seriously.

“No one should be subject to what this woman has been put through and would urge anyone to come forward and help put these dangerous offenders before the courts.

“Corbett is a dangerous man and he is now off our streets and behind bars where he belongs.

“We work hand-in-hand with our partners to provide the best possible support for every individual victim and we are proud that more and more people are coming forward with the confidence to report rape.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “I’m pleased with this outcome and I want to praise the prosecutors, police, support networks and most importantly the victim, all of whom have helped bring a violent sexual offender to justice.

“With our ‘We Believe You’ campaign with Tyneside Rape Crisis we have been working incredibly hard to get the message out, that we will support the victims every step of the way.

“I urge anyone who has been raped to come forward and to know that they will be treated with sensitivity, understanding and most importantly, they will be believed. I can’t stress enough the importance of this message.”