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Gloucestershire care home monster Colin Stokes given 20 year sentence

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

By Ben Falconer

Colin Stokes

Colin Stokes

Care home 'monster' Colin Stokes was jailed today for 14 years for raping vulnerable women with learning disabilities.

Sentencing Stokes this afternoon his Honour Jamie Tabor QC said it was 'difficult to imagine a greater breach of trust than the taking advantage sexually of highly vulnerable persons entrusted into your sole care.'

"These ladies had the bodies of adults but the minds of children and little children at that," said Judge Tabor.

"They were every bit as vulnerable as little children and in some ways they were more vulnerable.

"I have no doubt that you chose them as your victims because of their respective vulnerabilities.

"Such behaviour was cruel and depraved."

The care home, which cannot be identified to protect the identities of the victims, had reduced night cover to one worker, the court heard.

Stokes, 47, of St George's Road, Dursley, admitted raping the women, aged 32, 54 and 50 between January 2012 and April 2013.

The whole sentence imposed was of 20 years - he will spend up to 14 years in prison with an extended licence period of six years.

The families of Stokes' victims issued the following statement after his jailing today: "Stokes was in a position of trust – he was there to look after and protect these women.

"Not only did he betray that trust in their own home, he turned out to be a monster.

"We would like to thank the police for the sensitive way they have handled this. But the fact is, this should never have happened.

"At the heart of this case are members of our family – sisters and daughters – and hearing about their suffering at the hands of Stokes has broken our hearts.

"We are relieved that he is now behind bars and can’t hurt anyone else. Our families will now try and move on from this and make sure the victims in this case have a safe and happy future.

Detectives who worked on the case to convict Stokes - Operation Innisbrook – said they were pleased with the sentence.

"We would like to thank everyone involved in bringing about this successful outcome.

"We would also like to thank the person who first reported this to the police.

"It took great courage but it brought to light one of the worst examples of the abuse of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

"The family will say in their own words what today means to them but we have been overwhelmed by their strength and desire to ensure this case was laid bare to the world.

"Stokes is now where he belongs and I know everyone is working to make sure these women have a safe future."

Rachael Scott, head of the CPS South West’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit said: “These women should have been able to trust Colin Stokes. Instead, they had that trust cruelly and systematically abused.

"It is clear that he targeted these women due to their perceived vulnerability and because he thought they would be unable to give evidence against him.

"The fact that he chose not to target the one woman who would have been able to give evidence is testament to this.

“Through the use of intermediaries we were able to obtain sufficient evidence to authorise charge of Colin Stokes and that evidence was so compelling he felt he had no choice but to plead guilty to raping three women.

“The victims in this case have shown great courage and while nothing can compensate for the terrible ordeal they were put through by Colin Stokes, I hope that the conclusion of this case brings them and their families at least a degree of comfort.

"I hope it gives similar victims and those who care for them the courage to come forward knowing that their complaints will be fully investigated and prosecuted wherever possible.

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