Man guilty of rape

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A WIGAN man has been found guilty of violently raping and assaulting a 32-year-old in her own home.

Kenneth Jolley was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court after an eight-day trial. A jury of seven women and five men heard the violent incident took place on Grand National day this year.

Jolley, 41, of Broadway, Hindley, was further remanded in custody until November 4 to enable a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

In a videoed interview with police the victim said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better day - until the devil got into his head.”

She told how after they sat drinking and watching the racing, his mood changed and he dragged her upstairs. She broke down in tears as she recounted her ordeal and told how he had tied her up and raped her.

Jolley denied rape and assault causing actual bodily harm on April 9.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said Jolley told her he wanted to have a relationship with her but she said she did not want to and it was after this that his mood changed.

“He turned nasty and became abusive. He dragged me upstairs by my hair. I said ‘what are you doing?’ and he punched me,” she claimed.

“He got me on the bed and he must have knocked me out because when I came round I was tied up. My bed was broken and I started crying and there was blood everywhere. All my clothes had been ripped off and he had no clothes on. He was on top of me.

“He punched me until I was knocked out again. He had his hand over my mouth and I couldn’t breathe. He was just like a monster. He kept knocking me out and that must have been when he did it. Sick, sick, sick.”

Michael Scholes, prosecuting, said that after Jolley “had had his way” with her he left the house and became involved in an argument with neighbours. Police officers in the area on an unrelated matter arrived and he was arrested.

Jolley told the court that they had consensual sex earlier that day and that evening he had tried to act out a rape fantasy of hers but had been unable to complete the act.