Norwich man found guilty of two counts of rape from 1990s

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd. - Credit: Archant

A 38-year-old Norwich man has been found guilty of a number of child sex offences from the 1990s.

Mark Browning, of Appleyard Crescent, was convicted by a jury at Norwich Crown Court, following a week long trial, of two counts of rape and 15 counts of indecent assault.

The offences relate to one female victim between January 1991 and January 1996.

After his arrest by officers from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit in December 2016, a warrant was executed at his home address during which officers seized a number of electronic devices.

The items were examined and a total of more than 10,000 indecent images, from Category A to C, were discovered on hard drives belonging to Browning. He was subsequently charged in August 2017 with six counts of rape, 17 counts of indecent assault and three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

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Browning pleaded guilty to the indecent image offences at a previous hearing, but denied rape and indecent assault. He has been remanded and is due to be sentenced on May 25.

Detective Constable Kim Taylor, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: 'Hearing a victim's account of the abuse they were subjected to as a child over a number of years is always distressing. The victim showed immense bravely throughout the trial.

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'This conviction highlights that we are committed to carrying out a full and thorough investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice no matter how long ago an offence or offences took place.

'We have dedicated officers who are specially trained to undertake difficult and emotive investigations on a daily basis.

'We would urge anyone who has been abused or sexually assaulted to come forward, safe in the knowledge that Norfolk Constabulary, together with our partners within child protection, will provide help and support, and do all we can to identify, charge and bring those responsible before the courts.'

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