Joseph Silver, jailed for 14 years

A Margate man has been jailed for 14 years after raping and assaulting two women in East Kent.

Joseph Silver, 34, from Margate carried out his crimes at the homes of two different women between 2020 and 2021.

Silver knew his victims who both reported the incidents to Kent Police. He was found guilty of three counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court and was sentenced on Wednesday 14 September 2022.

Following his release from prison, Silver will spend an additional four years on licence.

Detective Inspector Richard Palmer said: ‘Rape is a horrific crime and has left Silver’s victims traumatised. Whilst this jail term won’t change what has happened to them, I hope it will provide them with some comfort that this man will remain in prison for a considerable amount of time. His sentence reflects the severity of his actions.

‘I want to take this opportunity to encourage all victims of rape or any other sexual offence to have the courage to come forward and report it to us at Kent Police. Tackling violence, particularly against women and girls, has been a priority for many years and we will work with victims sensitively, providing them with the best possible service to protect them and bring offenders like Silver to justice.’

Advice and information relating to Violence Against Women and Girls

Click here for further information, advice and support relating to Violence Against Women and Girls. This page also includes details on how Kent Police is tackling offences including domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and other forms of violence.

If you have been a victim of violence and wish to report an offence, click here.

By Ed

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