January 2018

Eastbourne cleaner jailed for rape

An Eastbourne man has been jailed for four years for rape.

Paul Simon Hearn, 44, a cleaner, of St Anthony’s Avenue, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Thursday December 21.

Hearn had pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury. He was also sentenced to six months imprisonment having been convicted of harassment causing fear of violence against a female

The six-month sentence will run consecutively to the four-year sentence.

Hearn had pleaded not guilty to all offences. The case followed an investigation by detectives from the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

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