Belfast Telegraph

Second alleged victim emerges as Bangor rapist is sentenced

by Rebecca Petticrew

At least one person is believed to have contacted police claiming to be another victim of convicted Bangor rapist Brian Davey.

Davey (22) was sentenced to six years in prison and a further six on supervised licence at Belfast Crown Court on Friday (October 4) after being found guilty of two charges of rape, two of assault by penetration, a further count of sexual assault and an offence of theft last month.

The policeman's son, of Lineybrook Cottages, Bangor, will also be required to sign on the police sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

Kilcooley pastor and community representative, Mark Gordon, has been calling for other victims of sexual assault to come forward in light of Davey's conviction.

"There undoubtedly are other victims, and people are trying to persuade them to go to police now to reopen files because they felt the sentence was inappropriate.

"People came forward to us to say similar crimes had been committed against them by him and we're trying to persuade them to go forward to police. We know one person did."

Anger has been expressed over Davey's sentence by visitors to social media site Facebook.

Comments left on a page called Stop Rapes in Northern Ireland, which aims to "promote rape and sexual assault awareness", included many accusations of leniency.

During Davey's trial the jury heard that he invited himself to his victim's home and repeatedly made advances to her, which she rejected.

The woman fell asleep and awoke later to find Davey carrying out the first of five sexual assaults.

The court heard the woman had cried and begged him to stop throughout her ordeal.

When she challenged him over the attack he replied: "What are you going to do about it? You can't prove anything."

Davey was arrested a short time after leaving his victim's house when police were alerted and his description was circulated.

Throughout his trial, Davey maintained the sex was consensual.

The jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all six charges.

During sentencing, the judge said the offences were aggravated because Davey had raped his victim twice and left her suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and flashbacks.

When police were asked if they are investigating claims of further assaults carried out by Davey, a spokesperson said it would be, "inappropriate to comment on investigative matters".

They appealed for anyone who believes they may have information about a crime to contact police on 0845 600 8000 or speak anonymously to Crimstoppers on: 0800 555 111.

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