Delivery driver raped vulnerable woman after luring her into his van

A delivery driver who lured a vulnerable young woman into his van before raping her in a country lane has been jailed.

Richard Ramsey, 34, offered the woman a lift as she was walking on November 25 last year.

Instead of taking the woman to her destination, Ramsey pulled into the isolated country lane.

Under the ruse of asking her to help organise parcels in the back of his van, Ramsey was able to rape her.

The shocking attack has left the vulnerable woman, who has learning difficulties, with severe psychological issues and flashbacks.

She has since been diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder but bravely read a victim impact statement to Hull Crown Court.

Ramsey was sentenced to 12 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of two counts of rape.

During the trial, Ramsey, of Ings Lane, Bedale, North Yorkshire, said sexual activity between himself and his victim was consensual, and that he had offered her a lift to shield her from the rain.

He also claimed that he had opened the back of his van and asked her if she wanted to ‘get in the back for some fun’, which Judge Mark Bury said he did not believe.

Judge Bury told Ramsey: ‘Under the ruse of helping you with the parcels – which you did not need as the parcels were already in an order for which they were to be dropped off – she got into the back of the van.

‘You closed the door behind you. The back of the van was dark and you committed these offences.’

Sickeningly, after raping her, Ramsey dropped the woman off at her desired destination, even giving her a false name so as to evade capture.

During the trial, he lied again and said the pair had swapped contact details. Ramsey was eventually caught and charged a month later on December 23.

The judge told him: ‘This is very serious offending. This is exactly the sort of case that causes members of the public, particularly women, anxiety.

‘When reading about this, they will wonder if it is safe for them to walk along a road, even in the day time. Those who commit these kind of offences will be punished when they are caught.’

Detective Constable Paul Tyrer said: ‘This was a targeted attack on a vulnerable young woman, who Ramsey took advantage of for his own gratification.

‘I would like to praise this young woman for her bravery in coming forward and reporting what happened to her.

‘As a result of her courage, my team and I were quickly able to identify, arrest and charge Ramsey with this offence, ensuring no one else was put at risk.’

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