Northampton man jailed for raping a woman at a party

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A Northampton man has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for raping a woman while drunk following a party in 2012.

Anthony Ames, aged 60, of Rectory Farm, had sex with a woman against her will while she appeared to be asleep in May of that year.

Yesterday, a jury found the former planner for a cavity-wall insulation firm guilty of rape, sexual assault and digital penetration.

Today he was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, though he could be released on licence after serving half of that.

He will also be required to sign on to the sex offenders register on his release.

Sentencing him, Judge Timothy Smith said: “You ran a trial in the face of overwhelming DNA evidence.

“You instead tried to blacken the name of the victim, painting her as someone that could not be trusted, as a liar, a fantasist and a drama queen.

“The jury did not accept that picture.”

Ames claimed he had ‘no record’ of the incident in police interview and maintained the position throughout his defence.

He had been drinking during that day and continued to drink when he attended a party in the evening.

“The fact that you were in drink is not an excuse,” Judge Smith said. “In fact it is an aggravating factor.”

In mitigation Emily Culverhouse said that Ames, a man of no previous convictions, was extremely remorseful about what he had done and was ‘very sorry for the harm he has done’.

“He accepts the verdict of the jury, but has no record at all of any sexual contact.”

A longer report will appear in the Thursday, June 26, edition of the Chronicle and Echo