Teenager raped in Royal Pavilion Gardens Brighton – police statement

Police have issued a statement after two men were convicted of raping a teenager.

Ashley Lewis, 36, and Dylan Holden, 18, have been found guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Gardens.

Detective Constable Laura Pettitt said: “Women and girls should be able to go about their lives without falling prey to predatory men.

“I would like to thank the victim in this case for her incredible courage and strength during the investigative and criminal justice process.

“Without their support, this prosecution would not have been possible and two dangerous individuals would not have been taken off the road.”

Police received a call from a member of the public who had assisted a girl in distress just before midnight on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

She was in the company of Lewis and Holden and was “too drunk to walk or stand”.

Both men fled the scene shortly after being approached by two members of the public, who helped the victim get home.

Officers spoke to the victim at her address the following day and a rape investigation was launched.

CCTV footage from the night of June 2 showed Lewis and Holden leading the victim to Pavilion Gardens where she was raped.

Lewis was also caught on video surveillance stealing the victim’s bag.

Both Lewis and Holden were arrested over the following two days.

Lewis was charged with rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and theft.

Holden was charged with rape, attempted rape and double count of sexual assault.

On Friday November 11, both men were found guilty on all charges except attempted rape after a four-week trial at Hove Crown Court.

They have been remanded in custody and will appear at Hove Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday 5 January 2023.

Detective Constable Pettitt said: “I would also like to commend the members of the public who initially contacted the police for their role in securing this conviction and protecting a vulnerable girl from further harm.

“Violence against women and girls will not be tolerated in Sussex and we will relentlessly pursue perpetrators as we continue to take safety initiatives together with our community partners to ensure our county remains a safe place to live and visit.”

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