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Rapist barricaded himself in room with 17-year-old girl before launching “predatory and ruthless attack”

PUBLISHED: 09:20 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 17 July 2017

Brion was handed a 12 year prison sentence

Brion was handed a 12 year prison sentence

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The incident happened in 2015

A rapist who barricaded himself into a room with his 17-year-old victim was jailed for 12 years last week.

Wernher Brion, 59, of Sydney Road in Bexleyheath, met his victim at a Northumberland Heath pub on July 19 2015.

The victim had gone out with friends when Brion, a regular at the pub, bought them a round of drinks and invited them back to his house after closing time.

Returning to his home, the victim said she felt unwell and she was offered a sofa to sleep on in a spare room.

Shortly after, Brion, more than 40 years older than his victim, entered the room and used an armchair to block the door.

The rapist then launched his attack, which police have described as “ruthless”.

Later that night, officers were called to Welling home after they were called by the victim’s father.

On arrival, the teenager told officers she had just been raped.

A Met Police spokesperson said Brion was “quickly identified” and arrested at his home shortly after the complaint was made.

Despite the quick arrest, Brion was charged more than a year later, on October 7 2016, with rape of a female over 16 years.

He was found guilty at the Old Bailey on June 13, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison and a further three years on licence on Friday, July 14.

Det const Aidan Kersley, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECA), said: “The defendant committed a predatory and ruthless attack on a defenceless young woman for his own sexual gratification.

“I would like thank the victim in this case and the other young witnesses for the courage they showed throughout this investigation and the subsequent trial.

Detective Inspector Kate Kieran, of SOECA, said: “This case demonstrates that anyone who may have suffered a similar attack can be reassured that if they come forward their complaint will be taken seriously and investigated fully by the Metropolitan Police.

“Anyone who believes they have been a victim of crime is urged to call police on 101 or, in an emergency, dial 999.”

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Brion took advantage of his young victim’s vulnerable state and subjected her to a terrifying ordeal.

“Despite the fact the attack will have had a profound impact on her emotional and mental wellbeing, Brion’s victim summoned up the strength to speak out about her experience to ensure justice was served and for that she must be commended.

“We hope she has received all the available help and support to help her move forward with her life and that today’s sentence brings her some sense of closure.”

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