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Man pleads guilty to the rape of a teenage girl in Dorchester

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Adrian Cordery
Adrian Cordery

32-year-old Adrian Cordery pleaded guilty to the rape of a 15-year-old teenage girl in Dorchester, at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 29th May.

The rape took place at St Osmund’s School in Barnes Way, Dorchester, at around 9:20pm on Thursday 5th December 2019.

An investigation was launched by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team.

The girl was walking along the field when she was grabbed from behind by Cordery who had a knife exposed in his hand.

Cordery told the victim that if she did not do as she was told she would be hurt. He then proceeded to forcefully drag her onto the field and sexually assault her.

Dorset Police

Although a medical examination resulted in no matches against DNA held in the police database, CCTV footage showed a man in the town centre matching the man’s description. Further work resulted in the man being identified as Adrian Cordery.

After examining a voluntary DNA sample from Adrian Cordery, Dorset Police confirmed that it matched the sample from the incident – leading to Cordery’s arrest on 11th February 2020.

This was a terrifying sexual assault on a young teenage girl. Incidents such as these are fortunately rare in Dorset and we will always use every resource available to us to investigate and find the offender.

I would like to praise the victim for her bravery throughout the investigation to help bring Cordery before the courts.

I hope the guilty plea today will help provide a sense of closure for the victim after she endured such a horrific incident.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour

Following his plea, he is due to be sentenced on Monday 6th July 2020 at Bournemouth Crown Court.

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