A POLICE officers has commended the bravery of a rape victim after the conviction of a Flintshire man.

Terry Nicholas, of Jubilee Road in Buckley, appeared at Mold Crown Court for sentence on Thursday.

The 36-year-old had been convicted after trial on a single count of rape, the offence having happened in the Flintshire area in 2021.

He was jailed for eight-and-a-half years, and investigating officer, Detective Constable Nick Ellis, spoke following the sentencing.

“I commend the bravery of the victim who felt able to report this incident to us and who showed courage and strength throughout the entirety of the case," he said.

“I hope they can now focus on moving forward with their lives with the knowledge that Nicholas is now being held accountable for this disgraceful crime, for which he has shown no remorse."

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He added: “I would encourage any victim of sexual abuse to come forward, safe in the knowledge that we will do everything in our power to pursue offenders and protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

The North Wales Police Amethyst team is made up of specially trained officers to support victims through investigations of this nature.

The team works closely with the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) to provide confidential medical, practical and emotional support from specialist doctors, nurses and support workers.