Detectives from Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Public Protection Branch have today, Thursday 8th July, welcomed the sentence handed down to 26-year-old Russell Allen at Antrim Courthouse.
Allen was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months for the rape of a woman.
He will also be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 5 years and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
Detective Constable Buchanan stated: “The woman in this case displayed immense courage in seeing this investigation through to a successful conclusion. I hope that her tenacity and resolution to bring this man to justice will encourage anyone else who has experienced any form of sexual abuse to come forward to police.
“Officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland remain committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences. We will seek to place offenders before the courts so they can be made amenable for their crimes.
“I would like to take this opportunity to assure any victims of sexual abuse that they will be treated with sensitivity and respect, and I would continue to encourage anyone who has experienced any form of sexual abuse to contact police on 101, or ‘999’ in an emergency.”