‘Monster’ who raped man in ‘horrendous’ beach attack jailed

‘Monster’ who raped man in ‘horrendous’ beach attack jailed

by Tom Martin (June 2022)

A MAN has been jailed for 16 years after raping a ‘young man’ on Crosby beach.

Stephen Elms, 51, of Sandheys Terrace, Waterloo, was put behind bars after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, June 16.

The incident occurred at around 3.40am on Sunday, November 28 last year when Elms approached his victim who was walking along Oxford Road.

Elms took him to Crosby beach where he raped and sexually assaulted him.

The rapist then left the scene and his victim was found by patrols a short distance away.

An investigation was launched by police including extensive CCTV and forensic enquiries.

Elms was arrested on Thursday, December 2 after officers located his van.

He was taken into custody for questioning, charged with rape and remanded into custody.

Elms went on to deny the charges in court but was found guilty by a jury.

In a statement, Elm’s victim spoke of how, since the attack, he has “found it really hard to deal and cope with every single day.”

He added: “I am a young man who should be starting out with my adult life – instead I am stuck and that monster has taken away my innocence.

“I can never forgive him for what he did to me.

“At this moment, I feel safe in the knowledge he has been locked away.”

Detective Constable Tamsin Chambers said: “We welcome that Elms has been jailed for a significant length of time.

“Elms subjected his victim to an utterly horrendous attack, the effects of which he still lives with today. He continues to receive support from specially trained officers.

“Not only did Elms subject him to an appalling attack but he also made his victim endure the ordeal of a trial. Fortunately, the jury saw through Elms’ lies and he can now consider the consequences of his despicable actions while behind bars.

“I would like to praise the victim for the bravery has shown throughout the investigation and trial. I hope the fact that Elms has been jailed will bring the victim some closure and help him start to rebuild his life.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind anyone who has been the victim of any sexual assault that there is extensive help and support available to you.”

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