Serial rapist from Croydon sentenced to life imprisonment

Convicted rapist Darrel Rose. Pic: Metropolitan Police

A convicted rapist who was found guilty of assaulting two more women was sentenced on Monday, December 5 to a minimum of 18 years.

Darrel Rose, 36, from New Addington in Croydon, is currently four years into a 17-year jail sentence for raping a different woman.

Rose was sentenced on Monday after a three-week-long trial in May where he was found guilty of 9 offences. The trial followed a five-year-long police investigation.

He was found guilty of seven counts of rape, with three counts against victim one and four counts against victim two. In the case of victim one, he was found guilty of one count of assault by penetration and of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Rose refused to leave his jail cell, however, his sentencing took place despite his absence and he was served life imprisonment, with a minimum of 18 years.

Victim one was viciously sexually assaulted by Rose at an address in Sydenham, Lewisham between December 1, 2010, and February 28, 2011. She was raped by Rose in July 2011, at an address in Luton. She originally reported the attack but withdrew her allegation in fear of Rose. She reported her attack in Luton in November 2017 and an officer worked with her in bringing Rose to justice.

Victim two, in her 20s, was raped at an address outside of London multiple times between December 1, 2015 and May 30, 2016. She reported the attacks in July 2017.

Detective Sergeant Laura Thomas, from the Met’s South Area Public Protection Unit, said: “Darrel Rose treated both victims in a derogatory and degrading way. He was both emotionally and physically abusive and this sentence reflects the horror he put his victims through.”

“Both victims have shown great bravery and courage in standing up to Rose and ensuring he is made to answer for his actions. I would like to praise the strength and commitment they have shown throughout this case.”

The Met Police said in a statement: “Everyone has the right to feel safe in London and we continue to work every day with communities and our partners to make London safer so that everyone can go about their daily lives without fear.”

Violence and Sexual Crimes recorded in the East London Area per 1000 people before March 2022 according to Police.UK:

Pic: Amelia Neath Source: Police.UK

The average amount of violence and sexual crime cases recorded before March 2022 in the Eastlondonlines boroughs are all above the wider London average.

In 2022 in Lewisham, there have been almost 31 violence and sexual offence crimes recorded per 1000 people.

If anyone has been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about this offender, please contact police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency and quote reference CAD 9086/25MAR17

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