Sussex

Tyronne Carr given 15-year sentence for cemetery rape

Tyronne Carr
Image caption Tyronne Carr ran off after two people passing by intervened

A man who raped a woman in a cemetery has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Tyronne Carr, 27, attacked the woman as she walked home through the Mount Noddy Cemetery in East Grinstead at 02:00 BST on 1 June.

A Lewes Crown Court he pleaded guilty to rape, actual bodily harm and three counts of sexual assault.

Carr, of High Street, East Grinstead, was told he would be on the sex offenders register for life.

Sussex Police said his attack stopped when two people passing by saw what was happening and intervened.

After threatening them, Carr ran off.

Det Ch Insp Claire Pridgeon, of the Surrey and Sussex major crime team, said: "This was a violent attack by a stranger on a young woman walking home.

"She was severely distressed and remains so to this day. It was thanks to the couple passing by that she did not suffer an even more terrifying ordeal.

"Their response clearly disrupted Carr's deliberate assault and he ran off, after still pursuing the victim for a further short distance."

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