Petworth rapist is jailed for 20 years

Jason Burgess
Jason Burgess

A West Sussex man has been sentenced to a total of 20 years imprisonment for a series of sexual offences against three women, including the rape of a woman in Petworth.

The offences included the rape of a woman in Petworth.

Jason Burgess, 42, unemployed, of no fixed address, appeared for sentencing at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, (April 1), having been found guilty the previous day of all ten offences with which he had been charged.

These were four rapes, one attempted rape, one sexual assault, one common assault, one assault by beating, one indecent exposure and one sexual assault by penetration.

The offences, involving three women aged from their mid-20s to early fifties, took place between April 2011 and June 2013.

One of the rapes took place in Petworth, but all other offences happened in the Haywards Heath area.

Detective Constable Steve Shaw said: “Burgess wormed his way successively into the womens’ lives over a period of time and then abused the trust they had placed in him.

“He then moved on to his next victim when it suited him.

“He showed all the traits of a sexual predator.

“All the victims gave evidence in court.

“This clearly helped ensure that no other women would fall victim to Burgess in the foreseeable future.

“This case illustrates the way in which women who come forward and talk to us will be believed and treated with respect, and supported through what is a difficult process for victims.

“We will always seek to achieve justice for them.”