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Marlon Nelson jailed for raping 17-year-old from Calmore and 20-year-old from Romsey, and sexually assaulting 16-year-old

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A MAN who raped a Calmore teen in the back of a car after a night out has been jailed for 21 years.

Marlon Nelson (34), of no fixed abode, offered the then-17-year-old a lift home on 11th November 2014 and, having plied her with alcohol, raped her at Testwood recreation ground.

Three years later, in 2017, he raped and sexually assaulted another victim. Again, he offered the 20-year-old woman a lift home but, against her will, he took her to Ampfield Recreational Ground in Romsey where he raped and sexually assaulted her.

Nelson's third victim was a 16-year-old girl whom he repeatedly sexually assaulted over a period of six months.

Marlon Nelson was sentenced to 21 years in prison
Marlon Nelson was sentenced to 21 years in prison

During a seven-day trial, which began on 12th July, a jury found him guilty of two counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one of digital penetration.

Appearing at Southampton Crown Court, Nelson was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

After the verdict, case officers DC Lisa Robins and police staff investigator Kerrie Green said in a statement: “These incidents were horrendous assaults on two young women who had put their trust in Nelson, and we want to commend the bravery of both women who have had to endure a lengthy investigation and trial process.

"He took advantage of both of these women when they were in particularly vulnerable situations, and raped them.

"Rape is one of the most serious crimes that a person can survive and we are pleased that the jury deemed him guilty of these horrific and callous attacks and that he is now being rightly punished after the judge handed down his sentence today."

Marlon Nelson was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court
Marlon Nelson was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court

They added: “Our hope is that both women can now gain some closure from today’s news that Nelson will be in jail for the foreseeable and can no longer hurt them; they can now begin to move on with their lives."

Claire Ross, CPS Wessex district crown prosecutor, said: “Nelson subjected these young women to vile rapes and a campaign of sexual assaults. It was as a result of their brave testimonies to the police that the CPS was able to build a strong case against him.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the young women involved in this case, for their bravery in coming forward to report their traumatic experiences. They have undoubtedly suffered greatly, but I hope that they will feel justice has been delivered today.

“CPS Wessex is working collaboratively with Hampshire Constabulary to improve outcomes in rape and serious sexual offence cases. We are proactively encouraging early engagement and better joint working to ensure we’re building strong cases for prosecution."

For information or support on reporting rape or sexual assault, visit: www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/support-for-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-assault/

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