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Downham man, 21, jailed for raping and blackmailing women

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A Downham man has begun a 16-year prison sentence for offences including rape and blackmail.

Norwich Crown Court yesterday heard Jack Lister targeted victims using fake accounts on dating apps.

And detectives have praised the bravery of his victims amid what they describe as the "lasting impact" of his actions.

Jack Lister (55250952)
Jack Lister (55250952)

Lister, 21, of Landseer Drive, was sentenced to 16 years in jail, plus an extended four year licence period, having been convicted on charges of rape and sexual assault following a trial in January.

He also pleaded guilty to fraud and blackmail, as well as making and possessing indecent images

The case came to light after a 20-year-old woman contacted police in December 2020, claiming that she had been raped by Lister in Thetford Forest, after meeting him via an online dating app.

Inquiries subsequently revealed a second woman, aged 19, was also raped in the forest by Lister four months earlier.

He also encouraged others he contacted online, to send him money and intimate images or videos of themselves to him which he then used to threaten them.

Indecent images and extreme pornographic material was also found on Lister's mobile phone.

Following the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable James Smith said: “Lister’s actions will have a lasting impact on the victims, who have shown tremendous bravery in coming forward and giving evidence in court.

“I would like to thank them for their courage and strength in supporting this prosecution and I hope today’s sentence will offer some closure to all of those effected by his actions.”

Detective Inspector Richard Weller added: “I hope this case demonstrates that Norfolk Police will do whatever we can to bring offenders who victimise women in this way to justice.

“I wish to pay tribute to the team of detectives who did an outstanding job in successfully building this case for the victims.”

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