Man jailed for rape
A man has been jailed after raping a woman at his home in Walsall following a night out.
Duane Dowling went on a night out in Birmingham with friends in September 2018. The group had all gone back to Dowling’s house when the rape took place.
The woman, known to Dowling, did not consent and she reported it to us shortly after.
A forensic examination found Dowling’s DNA on the woman.
Despite denying the offence, he was charged with rape and following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, was jailed for five and a half years last Tuesday (28 September).
The 31-year-old, from Bridge Street, Brownhills, has also been put on the sex offenders register for life and was giving a seven year restraining order.
Investigating officer Det Con Tom Keady from our public protection unit, said: “This was a horrendous ordeal for the woman to go through, she reported it to us and we were able to support her throughout our investigation.
“She has shown tremendous courage as she has had to wait a long time for the case to get to court due to Covid challenges.
“I hope this conviction demonstrates that we take all reports seriously, and allegations will be thoroughly investigated.
“We have specialist officers who are trained to deal expertly and sensitively with such cases and we would urge anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault to contact us.”
For information and guidance on how to report rape or sexual assault or find support from our partner agencies please visit https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/rape