December 2017: Currently in HM Prison Durham

June 2016

Teenager sentenced for rape and sexual offences

A teenager has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offences and rape charges against two schoolgirls 

Joshua (Josh) Harwood of South Stanley, County Durham appeared at Durham Crown Court where he admitted six counts of rape against a female child aged under 16 and multiple offences of sexual activity with a female child aged under 13

The court heard that Harwood who was aged 15 years old, repeatedly raped a 15 year old girl. Harwood used violence to silence the victim.

Harwood also pleaded guilty to sexual activity on numerous occasions with a 12 year old girl when he was aged 17.

The judge sentenced Harwood to five years detention in a young offenders institution (includes two years for other offences)

He was told that he must register as a sex offender for life and to to pay court costs of £20 on release from custody