Man convicted of historical rape
***Updated 3 August - Carvel Bennett was sentenced to 11 years in prison today***
A Birmingham man has been convicted of a historical rape dating back to 1975.
Carvel Bennett was found guilty following a three-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court today (2 August).
The jury heard that he had raped an underage girl while she was babysitting and the evidence of the offence lay in the birth of a child, who’s DNA proved he was the father.
There was no complaint at the time. We spoke in 2014, however at that time she was unwilling to report the crime.
But in 2019, she changed her mind and an investigation resulted in the arrest and charge of Bennett from Hansons Bridge Road in Erdington.
The 74-year-old is now set to be sentenced tomorrow (3 August).
Superintendent Wendy Bailey said: “We remain committed to seeking justice for rape victims, and survivors may only feel ready to talk about abuse they suffered many years after the incidents occurred. Whenever they do feel ready, the police and wider support services are here for them, as this case demonstrates.
"We have specially trained officers to deal sensitively and compassionately with victims of sexual offences; they are able to support and guide them every step of the way from initial report to court conclusion."
For more information visit https://west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/rape