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A jury sentenced a 27-year-old man to 15 years in jail for the kidnap and rape of an underage girl.

Gerome Kendall convinced the teenager to get into his car on the morning of 4 July 2020. After the victim got in the car, he threatened the victim and made her put her mobile phone on ghost mode. Kendall forced the girl to delete her social media accounts so that no-one could contact her. The defendant forced the victim to pretend to be his girlfriend with a different name, as well as pretending to be over 18.

He drove the victim to a country road in the Macclesfield area, where he raped her twice. Kendall also sexually assaulted her at a petrol station and an unnamed address. However, the suspect then crashed the car into a bush and called for help; this led to the victim being taken home to her family.

Police were waiting for Kendall when he returned home. Officers blocked the road to prevent him from escaping. However, Kendall tried to flee but crashed into an unmarked police car where he was arrested. Police found the suspect to be two times over the drinking limit.

Kendall faces charges of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, dangerous driving, drink driving, driving without a license and insurance, and one count of kidnap. 

In court, Kendall admitted to all driving offences. However, he pleaded not guilty to the kidnap and sexual offences. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison, without parole for at least 10 years. He will also remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.

By Derry Salter

Cardiff University Journalism and Communications student. Intern for MMN.

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