A WEST Lancashire sex offender was sent to jail on Monday at Preston Crown Court after previously being convicted in his absence.

Richard Peet, 25, of Banks, was sentenced to 8 years and 7 months in prison for raping and sexual assaulting the same woman over a period of seven years.

Peet was first convicted in his absence by a jury in May of this year after disappearing from his Banks home two years ago. 

An appeal was launched with Peet subsequently handing himself in June. He was then kept in custody until yesterday’s sentence.

Detective Constable Catherine Thomas, of the Constabulary’s public protection unit, said: “This sends a clear message to criminals that you cannot simply run off and think that the law will forget your deeds. 

“Peet sexually assaulted and raped a vulnerable individual for which he will now spend a significant period in prison for.

“The bravery of the victim was particularly commendable and I am extremely glad after inadvertently having to wait for justice, she finally has it.”

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