26 year old Joao Pedro Vieira was yesterday [Monday 8 November 2021] sentenced to five years and three months in prison and placed on the sex offender register for seven years after he pleaded guilty to rape in August of this year. He received a total prison sentence of six years which included other offences.
After the offence took place, in August 2020, the victim attended the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in the first instance, where forensic opportunities were obtained and support was put in place. As a result of that support the victim decided to engage with the Police to make a formal complaint and she was subsequently supported through the criminal justice process. Police commenced an investigation on 6 September 2020 and Vieira was subsequently charged in March 2021. He entered a guilty plea in the Royal Court when he appeared there in August 2021.
The early recovery of digital evidence was crucial to this investigation.
The young lady involved has shown a great courage throughout this investigation and has been supported by specially trained staff throughout the whole process.
Detective Inspector Christina Maclennan, Head of CID, said: “We are committed to investigating and prosecuting all sexual offenders and want to assure victims that there are a number of agencies who are in a position to offer support and guidance through all stages of the criminal justice process.
“We continue to work alongside partners, especially support and advocacy services such as the SARC, JAAR and the Jersey Women’s Refuge, to encourage victims of sexual crime to report such incidents.”
The updated Sexual Offences (Jersey) Law, which came into force in 2018, provides greater protection for victims and clarifies the law on consent.
There are several local agencies that offer advice and support:
The SARC at Dewberry House provides expert independent and confidential support to victims of sexual abuse. The Centre comprises of a team of experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience in advising, supporting and treating anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. They can be reached on 01534 888222.
Jersey Domestic Abuse Support (JDAS) is an independent service developed to protect and support victims of domestic abuse, who are at risk of significant harm. Tel: 01534 880505.
Jersey Action Against Rape (JAAR) provide and maintain a supporting framework for survivors and their families. Tel: 01534 482801.
Jersey Women’s Refuge offer help and support for victims of domestic abuse. Tel: 0800 7356836
Victims First Jersey is a free and independent service offering confidential support to victims and witnesses of crime. Call 0800 7351612.
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