A MAN has been locked up for more than ten years for raping a woman.

Gary John Bridger was found guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

The 66-year-old had attacked a woman at a property in Sherborne in July, 2022.

A man has been jailed for rape and sexual assault offences in Sherborne.

Bridger, of Wincanton, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court this week for sentencing. 

He was jailed for 12 years and will then spend two years on licence after his release

Detective superintendent Julie Howe, of Dorset Police, said: “Firstly, I would like to praise the victim for the courage she has shown in coming forward to report these offences and for the support she has given throughout the investigation and the court proceedings.

“Bridger behaved in an appalling and detestable manner that showed a complete lack of empathy for the victim. We absolutely will not tolerate violent sexual offences of this nature.

“Dorset Police takes reports of sexual offences very seriously and we are committed to supporting victims, investigating offences and bringing such as Bridger to justice.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault should call police on 101 and ask to be put in contact with a specially-trained officer.

Alternatively, they should contact The Shores Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0800 970 9954.