‘Predatory’ rapist from Wellingborough given 12-year jail sentence

Anthony Francois
Anthony Francois

A predatory sex offender from Wellingborough who raped a woman less than two years after he sexually assaulted two teenage girls has been given a 12-year jail sentence.

Anthony Francois, aged 41, of Kiln Way, was convicted by a jury, of three counts of rape, sexual assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent after a trial at Northampton Crown Court.

At a sentencing hearing today (Friday), the court heard the offences had left the victim fearful in her interactions with men.

A victim impact statement read to the court stated: “I used to be a really outgoing person but all that has changed.

“I do not trust men and I try to make myself less attractive.”

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith said Francois’ offences, which happened in 2013, were particularly serious as they took place during the licence period of his earlier conviction for sexually assaulting two young girls.

He said: “These convictions demonstrate you have an uncontrollable sexual interest in young girls.

“All of those offences were predatory ones where you showed a desire to dominate and overpower the victims.”

Francois was given a 12-year jail sentence and Judge Smith added on a four-year licence period. He said Francois will serve at least two thirds of his prison sentence before being considered for parole.

He will have to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life.

Detective Constable Billy Roberts, from Wellingborough CID, said the victim had shown great courage to give evidence during the trial.

He said: “Francois who was on the sex offenders register at the time of these offences is clearly a persistent and predatory offender who not for the first time has targeted a vulnerable young woman. He has shown no remorse for his crimes and clearly presents a danger to women in general.

“The victim in this case, showed great courage in making the initial report and then subsequently by attending court to give evidence. Without her determination and resilience this man would still be at large and free to commit further offences.