Tongham rape man jailed

Thursday 11th August 2005 10:00 pm
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A 50-year old man from Tongham was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment last Friday for the rape and indecent assault of two teenaged girls some 15 years ago in Guildford. Bernard Kime, of Yeomans Close, was convicted of the offences following a five-day trial at Kingston Crown Court.  He was arrested on October 14, last year, after police received an allegation of incidents that happened between 1989 and 1992 involving a girl between the ages of 12 and 14. The investigation led to further allegations from a second teenage girl over the same time period. The victims cannot be named for legal reasons. Detective constable Karen Myers, who led the investigation, said: "The conviction and imprisonment of Kime reinforces that Surrey Police is tackling serious crime and bringing the offenders to face justice. "I would like to applaud the bravery of the victims in coming forward to tell us about what is obviously a difficult and sensitive issue. It took a lot of courage to speak to us after 15 years and hopefully they will now both be able to bring this part of their life to closure."   Dc Myers added: "I also hope the result in this case will encourage anybody else who may be a victim under similar circumstances to talk to police. We have specially trained officers who will treat any information with the strictest confidence, and we can put victims in touch with organisations who can offer long-term support and counselling."