Henlow soldier pleads guilty to knifepoint rape

PUBLISHED: 13:54 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:46 28 February 2018

Luton Crown Court, where 27-year-old Jamal Jackson pleaded guilty to rape. Picture: Google Street View

Luton Crown Court, where 27-year-old Jamal Jackson pleaded guilty to rape. Picture: Google Street View

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A serving soldier from Henlow has pleaded guilty to raping a woman at knifepoint.

Jamal Jackson – of Whitworth-Jones Avenue – pleaded guilty to the rape, which happened on October 15 last year, when he appeared at Luton Crown Court on Thursday.

The 27-year-old has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on April 19.

Det Insp Emma Langwith, of the Bedfordshire Police Emerald unit, said: “I’m pleased that Jackson has pleaded guilty, which will save his victim from having to undergo the further trauma of a trial, and I hope he receives an appropriate sentence for his abhorrent actions.

“Rape and serious sexual offences will not be tolerated and we’d like to reassure victims that if you come forward to us then you will be supported and justice can be done.

“Our Emerald team not only thoroughly investigates all reports of sexual offences, we also ensure that victims are appropriately safeguarded and supported.”

A second officer, Det Con Karl Heywood, described the offence as “heinous”.

Victims of rape and sexual assault can receive support and guidance from Bedfordshire Police and partner agencies including the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, as well as support through the criminal investigation process.

Victims can report incidents to police by calling 101 or online at bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-a-crime. Always call 999 in an emergency.

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