Man convicted of raping a woman on the Isle of Wight
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A man has been convicted of raping a woman known to him on the Isle of Wight.
Louis Fletcher, aged 34, assaulted the woman at an address in Ryde on the evening of 15 March 2021, after she had made it clear verbally a number of times that she did not want to have sex with him.
A lengthy investigation was launched by police, with officers obtaining text messages between Fletcher and the victim after the attack in which Fletcher indicated that he understood at the time that the woman had not consented.
Fletcher, formerly of Cheltenham Road in Paulsgrove, was charged with rape in December 2021 but continued to deny the offence.
The case went to trial at Newport Crown Court on Monday 21 August this year, before the jury found him guilty of rape on Thursday 24 August.
He was bailed with conditions to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 24 November for sentencing.