EXCLUSIVE: Man sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnap and rape of girl in Northampton

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A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of seven years and two months, for the abduction and rape of a 10-year-old girl in Northampton.

Jason Watts, aged 32, was arrested at a house in Semilong, on August 29 within an hour of snatching the girl from an area of Northampton.

The alarm was raised at 5pm and officers from Northamptonshire Police swooped on the address at 5.45pm.

However by that time, Watts had already raped the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Watts admitted rape and false imprisonment at Northampton Crown Court last month, and was sentenced at the same court yesterday by Judge Michael Fowler.

Watts, who sat flanked by five security officers in the dock, showed no emotion as the sentence was passed.

His Honour Judge Michael Fowler told the court: “The offences of kidnap and rape are horrific in themselves and to commit them on a child of 10 demonstrates inconceivable evil.”

The end of the minimum term is the first possible point of the sentence when Watts can be considered for parole. He will not be released if he is still considered to be a risk to the public.

Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Ally White said: “The sentencing reflects the horrific and abhorrent nature of this extremely unusual crime.

“I would like to thank everyone who assisted in the search which resulted in the child being found quickly.

“Had this not happened, the potential outcome does not bear thinking about.

“My thoughts are with the child and family who now need to piece together their lives.”