Ten-year jail sentence for the rape of two teenagers

Roy Eastwood
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An Eastbourne man has been sent to prison for ten years after raping two young girls.

Roy Eastwood (pictured right) is starting a his prison sentence after being convicted of the rape of two teenage girls in the town.

The 55-year-old, who lived at Ashcroft Road in Langney, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on April 25 after a trial.

The jury found him guilty of the rapes of the two under aged girls.

Both girls were 14 at the time of the attacks,.

Both rapes took place at Eastwood’s home address in 2008 and 2009.

The court heard that Eastwood took advantage of both girls.

The jury was told the teenagers had been invited to parties at his home and then given alcohol.

It was while the young girls were under the influence of drink and alone that the attacks were carried out.

As well as the ten-year prison sentence, Eastwood was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

He will made to sign the Sex Offenders Register on his release from prison.

Detective Sergeant Julie Gross, one of the lead officers in the case, spoke after the trial and sentencing.

She said, “These vulnerable and impressionable young girls were subjected to violent and degrading assaults by Eastwood once he realised he had them alone and defenceless.

“This only came to light when the two girls talked to each other and realised that they at each been raped by the same man.

“A complex and comprehensive police enquiry resulted in the sentencing.

“The sentence reflects the seriousness with which the court took the offending, and sends a message that this type of crime will always be followed up so that we can bring offenders like this to justice wherever possible.”

The mother of one of the girls, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, spoke to the Herald after the case and said she was pleased with the sentence handed down to Eastwood.

She said, “Us mothers are pleased that this man has been brought to justice.

“It happened four years ago and they found it difficult to talk about what had happened to them.

“It has been a terrible time for our daughters.

“We wanted justice for them.”