Brave Hartlepool woman who spoke out after rape sees attacker jailed for nine years

KELVIN WILSON ... the contractor was jailed for nine years after admitting two charges of rape.
KELVIN WILSON ... the contractor was jailed for nine years after admitting two charges of rape.

A BRAVE Hartlepool rape victim spoke out to protect other women against a travelling sex attacker who attacked two women.

Contractor Kelvin Wilson raped two women he chatted up in bars in Hartlepool and Liverpool as police said he “took advantage of their vulnerabilities in one of the worst ways possible”.

The two girls made it perfectly plain that they did not want sex, but you completely ignored them and went on to have sex with them.

Judge Tony Briggs

Wilson’s second victim was a woman in Hartlepool, who went with him to his hotel room but then changed her mind.

She was horrified when she discovered that he had also raped a woman in a back alley in Liverpool four months earlier after plying her with champagne in a nightclub.

The woman had decided not to file a rape complaint until Cleveland Police told her that he had struck again against a victim from Hartlepool.

The Hartlepool victim, who was at Teesside Crown Court to see the 22-year-old sentenced, said in a victim impact statement that she wanted to protect other women from him.

Wilson, who toured the country working for the family civil engineering firm, was on a job in Middlesbrough when he ended up in a bar in Hartlepool.

Prosecutor Christine Egerton said the woman had consensual sex with him in the bathroom at his hotel but then he became rough and he held her hands behind her back as she tried to escape.

She was telling him to stop and that it hurt, but afterwards he offered to walk her out of the hotel and she refused. She called a taxi and reported him to the police.

Wilson denied it was rape and he said she consented.

She said in her victim impact statement: “I have struggled to put into words what I feel and the impact this crime has had on my life.

“It sickens me to think about it. To think that another girl was going through the same as me.

“More than that, I need to protect other girls from this man.”

Miss Egerton said that the Liverpool victim had kissed with Wilson outside the nightclub but then she resisted when he tried to have sex with her.

He overpowered her and he raped her as she screamed from the pain.

She found a person who took her to the police station and Wilson was arrested. But he claimed that she had consented to sex, and she did not want to go ahead with the allegation.

Wilson only admitted his guilt on the morning he was due to stand trial at Liverpool Crown Court with one girl and witnesses ready to give evidence, and the other on standby.

Graeme Simpson, defending, said that Wilson was only 20 at the time and he had been affected by drink and the excitement of the moment.

He added: “He accepts with hindsight that he misjudged the situation.

“Through me he wishes to say sorry, it may seem to be a little trite in the context of this case, but that is what he has said.

“The remarks that he has made in the pre-sentence report and the way he has said sorry and accepted what he has done all show that there is in this case real remorse.”

Judge Tony Briggs said: “The two girls made it perfectly plain that they did not want sex, but you completely ignored them and went on to have sex with them.

“Clearly there is another side to you, but that side was not evident on the two nights we are dealing with here.”

Wilson, of Aldermans Green Road, Aldermans Green, Coventry, was jailed for nine years and ordered to register as a sex offender for life after he pleaded guilty to the two rapes.

Detective Sergeant Dan Heron, of the major crime team at Cleveland Police, said: “The sentence passed reflects the seriousness of the crimes that Wilson has committed.

“I hope that the sentence will give a degree of comfort to Wilson’s victims who are continuing to rebuild their lives.

“Wilson targeted two women who he had come across in public places in completely separate incidents. He then took advantage of their vulnerabilities in one of the worst ways possible.”