A WIFE today vowed to stand by her rapist husband after he was jailed for six years.
Ex-council binman Phil Wynn denied the offence and a sexual assault – both which happened in Sunderland – but was convicted by a jury.
However, his wife of 30 years, Jane, said: “My husband’s innocent.
“I know him better than anybody and he’s just not capable of that.
“He isn’t guilty, it’s an act of revenge. My evidence wasn’t heard in court.”
Disabled Mrs Wynn, who relies on crutches and a wheelchair, said the couple both ended up in intensive care last year after a suicide bid.
She added: “I was in hospital for five weeks. It’s wrecked our lives.”
Wynn was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court for the offences, which dated back to November 29, 2008.
The 55-year-old was jailed for six years for the rape, and two years for the sexual assault. The sentences will run concurrently.
He had been working as an HGV waste collection driver for Preston Council.
It is understood Mrs Wynn arrived at the Town Hall with his resignation letter shortly before a court date last month.
A spokesman for Preston Council confirmed Wynn worked for the authority between July 2004 and June 2011.
He said there were no Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) issues because he was not working in a CRB post, but confirmed references had been checked.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police confirmed officers arrested Wynn of Whitby Place, Ingol, Preston, on August 13, 2009.
The offences were dealt with at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court initially.
People living in the Ingol area described their “relief” at the sentencing of tattooed football fan Wynn, who they described as a “volatile” character.
One woman said: “People are terrified of people like him.”
They claimed he had been involved in a number of rows with neighbours since moving in about five years ago.