September 2017

Sex offender who intimidated victims is jailed for 18 years

A man who tried to intimidate witnesses from his prison cell when he was on remand charged with rape has been jailed for 18-and-a-half years.

Rhyan Thomas, who was eventually convicted of sex with two underage girls, arranged for windows to be smashed and tried to pay off one of the victims.

The 28-year-old’s younger sister Shakkia Prince-Thomas, 21, was also jailed for a year for her role in trying to nobble witnesses and another of his girlfriends, Jazmin Fry, 21, was put on a suspended sentence for trying to help him avoid justice

Kerry Barker, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court on Thursday how the first victim, who is now 19, went to the police in October last year and said Thomas started having sex with her when she was 15, but turned nasty when she tried to stop further abuse

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons said he was abusive to her saying she could never leave him. On one occasion he urinated on her and other times was so threatening when he grabbed hold of her that she wet herself.

After he was remanded in custody she received a phone call from a friend, who had been contacted by Fry, offering her £10,000 to drop the charges.

Another girl who was to be a witness in the case had a brick thrown through her grandmother’s window, which was organised by Prince-Thomas.

In a case of mistaken identity a brick was also hurled through the window of her mother’s neighbour, missing a baby in a crib by inches.

Before his arrest Thomas was in another relationship with a young girl who claimed she was sleeping with him when she was 15, though he did not know her age.

When she tried to break up with him he threatened to smash her windows and damage her car. The court heard it happened later.

Mr Barker said Thomas was also having sex with a third girl, who he met on Facebook, between 2012 when she was 13 and 2015.

After she had reported it to the police she received a phone call which threatened her if she did not drop the charges. Following the call she contacted the police and told them what had happened and that she didn’t want to go ahead with the complaint.

Thomas, of Beech Road, admitted sexual activity with two girls, harassment, controlling or coercive behaviour, conspiracy to commit criminal damage and conspiracy to pervert the court of justice.

He denied two counts of rape, sexual activity with a child and conspiracy to commit criminal damage and formal not guilty verdicts were recorded.

Prince-Thomas, of Beech Avenue, admitted conspiracy to commit criminal damage and Fry, of Ermin Street, admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Passing sentence Judge Tim Mousley QC told Thomas “It is quite clear that the public needs protecting from you.”

Thomas will not be able to apply for parole until he has served 11 years and two months and he will be on licence for an extra two years.

The judge also imposed a sexual harm prevention order and told him he must register as a sex offender for life as well as abide by restraining orders.

Fry was give a one-year jail term suspended for 18 months with 25 days rehabilitation activity requirement.

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