Orpington man guilty of two rapes in grounds of local church

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AN ORPINGTON man has been found guilty of two rapes in the grounds of a local church.

James Steve Isted, aged 27, of Tintagel Road, was found guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of robbery and one count of assault on a police officer at Croydon Crown Court today.

The first incident occurred at around 2.40am on September 30 2011.

The 17-year-old victim was walking along Church Hill, Orpington when Isted came up behind her, hit her to the back of the head and dragged her into the graveyard of All Saints Church, Bark Hart Road.

There he raped her before robbing her handbag and a number of personal items including her mobile phone and running away.

Isted was arrested on October 4 2011 and later released while officers conducted inquiries.

On May 7 Isted committed a second offence in the same location.

At around 1.30pm he approached the second victim - a 27-year-old woman - from behind, threatening her with a knife before raping her in the grounds of the church.

A member of public witnessed the incident and called the police.

Officers on patrol nearby responded immediately and, although Isted was disturbed and ran off, he was chased by the officers and arrested.

He was found in possession of the victim's bank card and jewellery, including her engagement ring.

Unable to account for how he came to be in possession of these items, he was charged in connection with both incidents.

Detective Inspector Faye Churchyard, of the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said: "Isted has shown a total disregard for both victims in this case, forcing them to re-live their ordeal by pleading not guilty to the offences.

"Both victims have shown immense courage in attending court and facing their attacker.

"I hope their determination and success in seeing him convicted will go some way in providing them with some closure.

"I believe there may be other victims who have not come forward and I urge them or any victim of rape to tell the police what happened to them. Specially trained officers together with our partners are here to support you throughout the process."

Isted pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He will be sentenced on February 7.

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6:39pm Wed 18 Dec 13

SidcupResident says...

Why has taken two years to put this scum behind bars?!?!

Even more importantly why was he free to rape someone else, 7 MONTHS after the first rape! Someone in the Crown Prosecution Service has a lot of questions to answer....

As for his sentence, bring back hanging!
Why has taken two years to put this scum behind bars?!?! Even more importantly why was he free to rape someone else, 7 MONTHS after the first rape! Someone in the Crown Prosecution Service has a lot of questions to answer.... As for his sentence, bring back hanging! SidcupResident

7:02pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Slonik says...

Total scumbag. Hope his victims have managed to get over their ordeal.
Total scumbag. Hope his victims have managed to get over their ordeal. Slonik

12:12pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Simon bald says...

Dirty individual hope he rots
Dirty individual hope he rots Simon bald

12:30pm Thu 19 Dec 13

kentlad says...

hope your looking forward to meeting your new room mates, they love play time!!!! :) haha payback time!!!!!!!
hope your looking forward to meeting your new room mates, they love play time!!!! :) haha payback time!!!!!!! kentlad

5:33pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Simon bald says...

Where is the tooth.com now? Busy I guess watching women pass by a graveyard
Where is the tooth.com now? Busy I guess watching women pass by a graveyard Simon bald

8:15pm Thu 19 Dec 13

j.j. says...

I hope this low life gets thrown into the same cell with the two Michael Abeobobolaboolaoes who killed Lee Rigby.
I hope this low life gets thrown into the same cell with the two Michael Abeobobolaboolaoes who killed Lee Rigby. j.j.

11:15pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Mrs Nerraw says...

Thee 2nd girl was pregnant.
He has a wif and children
dirty scum bag
hop he gets what he deserves in prison
hop he never gets out
Thee 2nd girl was pregnant. He has a wif and children dirty scum bag hop he gets what he deserves in prison hop he never gets out Mrs Nerraw

10:01am Sat 21 Dec 13

paulbexleyheath says...

j.j. wrote:
I hope this low life gets thrown into the same cell with the two Michael Abeobobolaboolaoes who killed Lee Rigby.
it will be cell with colour tv no doubt
[quote][p][bold]j.j.[/bold] wrote: I hope this low life gets thrown into the same cell with the two Michael Abeobobolaboolaoes who killed Lee Rigby.[/p][/quote]it will be cell with colour tv no doubt paulbexleyheath

4:13pm Sat 21 Dec 13

molsey says...

paulbexleyheath wrote:
j.j. wrote:
I hope this low life gets thrown into the same cell with the two Michael Abeobobolaboolaoes who killed Lee Rigby.
it will be cell with colour tv no doubt
And they'll all be watching it in blAck & wHite, him and them.
[quote][p][bold]paulbexleyheath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]j.j.[/bold] wrote: I hope this low life gets thrown into the same cell with the two Michael Abeobobolaboolaoes who killed Lee Rigby.[/p][/quote]it will be cell with colour tv no doubt[/p][/quote]And they'll all be watching it in blAck & wHite, him and them. molsey

4:04pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Chinared123 says...

what a very sick **** lock him up and hope the bigger boys use him as there new toy.
what a very sick **** lock him up and hope the bigger boys use him as there new toy. Chinared123

4:39pm Sun 22 Dec 13

j.j. says...

molsey wrote:
paulbexleyheath wrote:
j.j. wrote:
I hope this low life gets thrown into the same cell with the two Michael Abeobobolaboolaoes who killed Lee Rigby.
it will be cell with colour tv no doubt
And they'll all be watching it in blAck & wHite, him and them.
Might even enjoy BBC entertainment...
[quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paulbexleyheath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]j.j.[/bold] wrote: I hope this low life gets thrown into the same cell with the two Michael Abeobobolaboolaoes who killed Lee Rigby.[/p][/quote]it will be cell with colour tv no doubt[/p][/quote]And they'll all be watching it in blAck & wHite, him and them.[/p][/quote]Might even enjoy BBC entertainment... j.j.

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