A SEX offender raped a woman after a night working in Chester – then hacked into the victim’s email account to try to convince police she had lied.
Christopher Edward Andrews, 40, from Ludlow, was jailed for nine years at Warrington Crown Court.
The court heard how Andrews, a bookmaker, was working at Chester Racecourse with a group of colleagues in August 2009.
After work, the group went to a nightclub before checking into a guest house, where his victim was also staying.
The woman had gone to sleep but woke in the night to find Andrews raping her, the court was told.
He was arrested the next day but denied the attack. The following month, he hacked into the victim’s email account and sent himself a message in her name.
But police experts examined his computer and confirmed the email had not been written by the victim.
The analysis also found a number of indecent images of children and he later received a community order for possession of the images.
He eventually pleaded guilty to rape and perverting the course of justice on the first day of his trial in July, two years after the assault.
Detective Sergeant Debbie Bellis of Cheshire Constabulary said: “Serious sexual assaults such as this are amongst the most traumatic and impactive of crimes.
“Anyone who has been subjected to this type of crime should feel confident that they will receive the support they need from Cheshire police and other support agencies.
“Any victim of a crime such as this will be treated with the respect, care and dignity they deserve.
“Cheshire police, the CPS and support agencies work together to bring to justice those who commit this type of serious and life-changing crime.”
In addition to the nine-year sentence, Andrews will be subject to a four-year extended licence and will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.