June 2018

Two ‘dangerous predators’ guilty of sex offences

 

Two men have been found guilty of committing a string of sexual offences against young women across the Midlands.

Following a trial, Peter Livingston Jones and Raymond Dickens were convicted of nearly 20 offences between them against a total of eight victims.

The incidents happened across Rugby, Coventry, and Leicestershire.

Jones, 55, of Wheelwright Lane, Coventry, was convicted of 11 offences against five victims spanning the past 24 years.

Dickens, 53, of Langdale Close, Rugby, was convicted of eight offences against three victims in the 1990s.

A woman standing trial with them, Helen Thompson, 43, of Morris Close, Rugby, was found guilty of kidnap.

One of the victims first met Jones when she was a teenager. Jones would give her money and buy her cigarettes.

One night in 1998, Jones accused her of stealing from him. He told her she would have to pay for it by working.

He then assaulted her and forced her into a vehicle. The vehicle, being driven by Thompson, went to a flat in Rugby where Jones raped the woman telling her that it was payment for her debt.

The same woman was indecently assaulted by Dickens after meeting him in a nightclub in Loughborough in the late 90s.

Jones and Dickens denied all the charges saying sexual activity related to the rape allegations was consensual.

Following six days of deliberation the jury found Jones guilty of three counts of rape, one count of kidnap, two counts of false imprisonment, one count of administering drugs to obtain or facilitate intercourse, two counts of causing or inciting prostitution for gain, one count of sexual assault, and one count of causing actual bodily harm.

They found Dickens guilty of four counts of indecent assault, two counts of rape, one count of procuring a woman to become a prostitute, and one count of false imprisonment.

Jones and Dickens will be sentenced tomorrow (June 8).

Thompson will be sentenced at a later date.

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