Police pay tribute to bravery of Chester rape victim

Police praised the bravery of a rape victim who managed to keep a ‘clear head’ during a horrendous nine hour abduction and help them catch a extremely ‘dangerous man’. Speaking outside Chester Crown Court moments after Peter Watton was found guilty of ambushing his victim as she jogged with her dog along Duke’s Drive, in Chester, and raping her eight times, police said Watton had shown no ‘remorse’ or ‘compassion’ to his victim. Peter Watton subjected his victim to an horrendous sexual attack, said Claire Lindley, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Mersey-Cheshire.

Her ordeal lasted nine hours1. During this terrible time, her one objective remained – to survive and escape. She managed, despite all she had been through, to keep a clear recollection of events and this has helped bring this dangerous man to justice.

His victim, who left a trail of clothing as clues in case she didn t survive the attack, was praised for building a rapport with Watton and for keeping calm enough to collect evidence throughout her ordeal. Bravery I think is the word, added Mrs Lindley.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williams said Watton, of Henley Drive, Lache was back where he belonged ‘behind bars’, saying: This was a shocking case to deal with from start to finish, but I am really pleased with the result the jury has returned today. The bravery of the victim in this case from start to finish has been absolutely remarkable.

Despite the added ordeal and trauma that the trial must have brought she has maintained dignity throughout. Peter Watton is without doubt a very dangerous individual, and by the very fact he has maintained his denials right the way through this case he has shown absolutely no remorse or compassion whatsoever towards his victim. Fortunately the jury have seen through his web of deceit and lies and he is now behind bars which is where he deserves, rightly, to be.

Victim ‘constantly battling memory’

The jogger who was raped eight times during a terrifying abduction says she is constantly battling with the memory of the ordeal.

In a statement read out moments after her violent rapist was found guilty of the horrifying abduction, Watton s victim said she was now trying to move forward with her life. This has been the worst six months of my life, the victim said in a statement read by PC Mel Graham outside the court.

I am constantly battling the memory of this incident and I will receive specialist care due to this. The 44-year-old jogger was dragged into the bushes, tied up and raped during her nine hour abduction while running with her dog on Duke s Drive in Chester on June 14 last year.

I never anticipated that I would ever be a victim of a rape and kidnap, she said. I do feel fortunate that I have the support of my partner, close family and members of the police. I will now try and move forward with my life to the best of my ability.

Commendation for special constable

A brave off-duty officer has been given a special commendation after jumping from a train and chasing a violent criminal.

Peter Watton had been on the run from police for five days when he was spotted by an off-duty special constable while he was travelling home on the train. Recognising the wanted criminal from a picture he had been studying while on duty in Chester city centre, special constable Noel Perry jumped from the stationary train and chased Watton across the railway line. Watton, who was on his way back to Chester after hiding out from police and sleeping rough under a railway bridge, was spotted on the line close to Lavister in Rossett.

He was finally captured by officers from North Wales police after he ran out on to the A483 close to the Rossett junction, after apparently making his get away through gardens at nearby properties. Today, as the jury found Watton guilty of all 12 counts, Honorary Recorder of Chester Judge Elgan Edwards praised special constable Perry for his courage and bravery . Awarding him a Crown Court Commendation, Judge Edwards said: In fact it was his actions which alerted the police to where he was hiding.

His actions were not only brave but courageous. Speaking outside Chester Crown Court moments after the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williams said the special constable s actions were absolutely fantastic . The tenacity of that officer was absolutely fantastic, but had the officer not done that the search could have gone on for some time.

Due to the quick mindedness and alertness of the special constable on the train between Chester and Wrexham, which led to his arrest on the boarders between Cheshire and Wales.

References

  1. ^ Her ordeal lasted nine hours (www.chesterchronicle.co.uk)

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