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Rape in Ilfracombe

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A man has today, Friday 17 January, been found guilty for the rape of a woman in Ilfracombe, North Devon. He will remanded in custody to be sentenced on Thursday 20 February.

Ross Wyborn, aged 25 and from Ilfracombe, carried out the attack on an address in Ilfracombe in the early hours of Saturday 21 May 2019.

CID officers launched an investigation which led to the arrest of Wyborn on the 16th July where he charged with two counts of rape of a woman over the age of 16 and assault by digital penetration; he was also charged with assaulting a child.

The court heard how the victim had been in the bath when she had heard a noise in her house and noticed a man on her landing.

The man, identified as Wyborn, went on to rape the victim before he was disturbed by her child and fled the scene.

The victim notified police straight away and the investigation was launched.

DC Donna Money from Barnstaple CID said: “We welcome the verdict today following what was a horrific and abhorrent attack in the victim’s home.

“I would like to praise the victim’s courage in coming forward and giving evidence.

“Mr Wyborn is a dangerous sexual predator and this verdict today, means that the community will be a safer place as a result.

“I would like to reassure the public that this type of incident is extremely rare and I hope that this verdict goes to show that as a police force, we will take allegations of a sexual nature extremely seriously and help ensure that justice is done.”

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