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New Eltham rapist jailed for seven years

PUBLISHED: 09:30 30 March 2011 | UPDATED: 17:22 20 February 2012

Romaine Blackwood

Romaine Blackwood

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A 27-year-old man has been jailed for seven years for raping a 24-year-old woman in an alleyway whilst she was on her way to meet her step-father at New Eltham station.

  • Romaine Blackwood appealed this conviction and on February 8, 2012 it was quashed by the Court of Appeal

Romaine Blackwood of Claxton Path, Brockley, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court last Friday after attacking the woman at 6am on September 18 last year.

The victim, who cannot be identified, left a home where she was with friends and others whom she did not know, when Blackwood followed her.

She told him to leave her alone and said she would walk on her own. He then took his coat and put it over the victims shoulders. They approached an alleyway in-between two houses when Blackwood grabbed her, pulled her down the alleyway with his hand over her mouth.

Once in the alleyway Blackwood said to her: Let me do my thing. He removed his hand leaving the woman petrified. She tried to fight him off and hold onto the brick wall of the alleyway when she injured her hands before Blackwood overpowered her and raped her. She was crying throughout.

He then let her leave and she walked back up Southwood Road to New Eltham station to meet her step-father. Once she arrived at the station, the guard saw her that she was in a distressed state and crying and opened up the station for her. She waited for her step-father who arrived shortly after when she immediately told him what happened.

Blackwood was arrested two days later and denied all allegations but he was charged and remanded in custody and later at the trial claimed that he did have sex with the woman but that it was consensual.

Detective Constable Peter Thompson from the Sapphire team at Greenwich and Bexley, said: She showed tremendous levels of bravery and courage throughout the investigation and was always fully supportive.

I hope that this result goes some way in helping her come to terms with what was an extremely traumatic event. I urge any person who has been the subject of any sexual assault to come forward and report to the police.

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