A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in prison following a violent sexual assault in Chertsey last year which left the victim with serious injuries.
Chennell had previously denied two counts of sexual assault and one count of grievous bodily harm assault but at a hearing at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, 16 May a jury unanimously found him guilty of all three charges.
The charges all relate to an incident which took place in a car park in Chertsey during the early hours of Saturday, 13 October, 2012.
The victim had been enjoying a night out with friends at several pubs in Chertsey before meeting Chennell, who then drove her to a car park where the assault took place over several hours.
Following the incident the victim returned home and was taken to St Peter’s Hospital by a neighbour where she was treated for serious injuries. Officers arrested Chennell on the day of the offence.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Jake Nuttall said: “This was a premeditated assault where Chennell subjected his young victim to a sustained and brutal attack and these kinds of appalling crimes will not be tolerated by Surrey Police.
“This has been a difficult and extensive inquiry, requiring detailed forensic examinations and the deployment of officers specially trained to investigate sexual offences. The discovery of a significant quantity of blood within the offender’s vehicle was a pivotal moment in the early stages of the investigation and led to the swift arrest of Chennell.
“The victim also suffered horrific life-changing and life-threatening injuries during the attack and, having later been dropped off near her home, she was discovered by a quick thinking neighbour who took her to hospital. Had the victim not received immediate medical intervention then she may very well have died.
“Despite the horrendous nature of his crimes Chennell has taken no responsibility for his actions and his refusal to admit his guilt meant the victim was put through the ordeal of having to give evidence in court and relive the attack.
“We are committed to putting victims at the centre of the investigative process and ensuring that they are provided with the appropriate advice and support from specialist officers so they feel confident to report sexual offences in the knowledge that we will act on any information provided.
“I would again like to praise the victim for the extraordinary bravery she demonstrated throughout the trial and I hope that Chennell’s sentencing means she can draw a line under this devastating incident and move on with her life.”
Jonathan Ellis, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit (RASSO) CPS South East added: “The sentencing recognises that Perry Chennell must take responsibility for this appalling attack on the victim which as a result left her with life-changing injuries.
“We are acutely aware the sentencing cannot undo the unimaginable harm and distress caused. However, thanks to those who have supported the prosecution case we have been able to see Chennell held to account.
“The RASSO team have offered a dedicated service to assist in bringing this offender to justice for a cruel and brutal act on a vulnerable young woman. The committed and dedicated staff in the team have offered specialist legal assistance throughout the case. RASSO Units are key to ensure we successfully prosecute rape and serious sexual offences swiftly and effectively and offer a commitment to victim care.”