A Crawley man has been jailed for eight years after he pleaded guilty to raping a girl in Horsham.
Lloyd Breach, 23, of The Old Stables, Ifield Wood, was sentenced for three counts of rape and one of assault by penetration at Hove Trial Centre this morning (Wednesday August 12).
He changed his pleas to the charges to guilty around three weeks before a trial was due to take place.
Judge Richard Hayward jailed Breach for eight years, with another eight years on extended licence once he is released.
He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for an indefinite period.
Breach had his existing sexual harm order extended to run for ten years from today.
Judge Hayward said Breach’s offences came under category 2A for rape.
Breach’s sentence was reduced by a fifth because he changed his pleas, which stopped the victim giving evidence and being cross examined in a trial.
The court heard Breach could be released from custody after serving two thirds of the period subject to a ‘strict’ licence period.
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