A Longbridge rapist has seen his sentence doubled after the Court of Appeal ruled that the original sentence was unduly lenient.
In April, John (aka Tommy) Dennis was sentenced to ten years in prison for 5 counts of rape and 3 counts of actual bodily harm, inflicted upon for women over a period of 16 years. The Court of Appeal have now doubled the sentence to 20 years in prison.
Police praised the bravery of the women for coming forward and giving evidence at the trial, but victims were left disappointed by the sentence.
Dennis raped and assaulted his victims, causing actual bodily harm to one of them. The rapes were committed against a background of physical and emotional abuse. Each of his victims described him as a bullying and manipulative and with highly predatory behaviour. During police interviews and in court, John Dennis denied the offences and sought to discredit the victims as liars and fantasists.
The original sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal under the unduly lenient sentence scheme by the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP who said today: “I asked the Court of Appeal to look at this 10 year term under the unduly lenient sentence scheme because of the seriousness and magnitude of rapes committed over a sustained period of time.
“John Dennis’s highly predatory behaviour caused untold misery to his victims, who should be commended for finding the courage to come forward. I hope that the doubling of this sentence to 20 years offers some degree of comfort to them and reassures the public that offences of this kind will be treated with the utmost seriousness and the perpetrators will serve a long time in prison.”
In April, West Midlands Police commended the bravery of the victims and stressed that historic rape and abuse was still worth reporting, reassuring that specialist officers will always take accusations seriously and support victims while evidence is gathered.
Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse or domestic violence is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 for action and support.