Cumbria Crack

Cumbria detective welcomes 18-and-a-half-year sentence for rapist

Paul Devaney left one of his victims sobbing 

A detective who investigated the case of a rapist who was jailed for more than 18 years has welcomed the sentence.

Binge-drinking Carlisle “monster” Paul Devaney who raped two women was jailed for 18-and-a-half years at Carlisle Crown Court today.

Detective Sergeant Chris Burton said: “This is a great result and I hope this brings some closure to the victims in the cases.

“Devaney showed no remorse for his actions and took advantage of his victims when they were vulnerable.

“Rape and sexual offences have a huge impact on victims and their families.

“Whilst every case is different and the outcome of an investigation can never be predicted, Cumbria Constabulary is committed to thoroughly and compassionately investigating all reports of rape and serious sexual offences.

“We will not stop in our drive to bring offenders to justice and hopefully this outcome will help to encourage victims of serious sexual offences to have the confidence to come forward and report it.”

If you wish to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident, contact Cumbria police on 101.

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