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Dominic Phoenix jailed for 24 years after decade of rapes

By Paul Hooper

A vile sex attacker who carried out a campaign of rapes for 10 years has been given a 28-year sentence.

Dominic Phoenix, 43, sat impassively in the dock at Canterbury Crown Court as the judge outlined his horrendous crimes.

He had been convicted on nine counts of rape and other sex offences which took place over a decade.

Dominic Phoenix has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police
Dominic Phoenix has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police

Now Phoenix, of Wood Street, Dover will have to wait until 2032 before he can even apply for parole after receiving a 24-year extended jail term.

Judge Simon James then added an extra four years, which will be served on licence when he is finally released.

He told the sex attacker: “You have been convicted of a campaign of rape and sexual abuse over an extended period.

“You clearly pose a significant risk to other people and I consider you a danger of committing more serious offences.”

Prosecutor Peter Forbes told how the incidents came to light after a victim - who was attacked when she was a child - taped a phone call with Phoenix when he made a partial confession.

“You clearly pose a significant risk to other people and I consider you a danger of committing more serious offences" - Judge Simon James

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “It takes a lot of courage for sexual abuse victims to reveal their horrific ordeal and perpetrators like Phoenix rely on their victim’s silence to evade justice for their despicable crimes.

“But, as this case proves, when victims do find the courage to speak out, abusers will feel the full force of the law.

“Although it can never make up for the emotional and psychological trauma caused, we hope the sentence handed to Phoenix provides some form of closure for his victim.”

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