Anglesey rapist jailed for sixteen years

A judge has told a rapist from Anglesey that he poses a significant risk to women.

Owen Neil Phillips denied raping two vulnerable women but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court. He was also convicted on three counts of assaulting one of his victims.

Prosecutors said Phillips (36) took one of the women home and raped her – he forced her to tell police that she was all right while being held at knifepoint. The other woman was attacked and struck with a martial arts baton while she lay on the floor.

The defence said Phillips had a severe upbringing and suffered from a number of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression – he had previous convictions but none for assaulting women.

Ahead of sentencing, Phillips had written a letter to Judge Timothy Petts to express disgust at his actions. But the court heard tests carried out on the defendant found he had a high risk of carrying out further crimes, including sex offences.

Jailing him, Judge Petts said Phillips appeared to be unable to accept what he had done – his letter referred not to the jury’s verdict rather than his guilt.

Phillips, who showed no emotion in court, faces an extended licence period of six years when he’s released on prison. He was banned indefinitely from contacting his victims under a restraining order.

He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

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