Man, 57, sentenced for rape of two Corby girls

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A 57-year-old man will be detained in a hospital and not released without the consent of the Secretary of State after admitting raping and sexually abusing two young Corby girls.

Barry S Phillips, of Christchurch Road, Northampton, was convicted in October 2012 of rape and indecent assaults, offences which took place between 1977 and 1988.

They were reported to the police in 2010, and Phillips was arrested.

On Thursday 13 December, he was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court to a Section 37 hospital order with a Section 41 restriction.

This means he will be detained in a hospital and cannot be released without the consent of the Secretary of State.

Officer Rachael Harris, from Corby CID, said: “Historic sexual offences of this type can be difficult. People often feel that because of the time that has passed it will be hard to get people to believe them or get a conviction. Victims may fear coming forward after such a long time.

“However, this case shows that if you have been a victim, no matter how long ago, you should always contact the police.

“I would like to thank the victims for their courage and strength, without which it would not have been possible to bring the offender to justice.”