Woman brought rapist to justice by secretly recording him confessing


A woman brought her rapist to justice by secretly recording him admitting to his horrific crime.

It was crucial evidence that helped put Alexander Henry Coupland behind bars for eight years, CheshireLive reports.

And now, following her conviction, the brave victim has spoken out about her ordeal at the hands of Coupland.

The sentence, in Chester Crown court on Tuesday, marked the end of a three-year quest for justice for the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

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Coupland, 25, from Macclesfield, was initially tried in 2018, but a gas leak at the courthouse caused the trial to be postponed.

A jury was unable to reach a verdict during the second trial, but this week his victim celebrated her sentence to eight years and six months for rape, penetrative assault and forcing her to engage in nonconsensual sexual activity.

And she was hailed by the Crown Prosecution Service for obtaining vital evidence that helped ensure he was caged.

She said: “I ended up getting an audio clip of him admitting what he had done with his voice. I got all this evidence, he had screenshots.”

She says that the ordeal has changed the way she is able to live her life, which is why she is afraid to leave home.

She said: “The last three years, I haven’t wanted to go out and I have really bad panic attacks. I don’t like to go out when it’s dark. I feel like someone is following me.”

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“Obviously it’s not over. But it is a chapter of my life that I can try to overcome.”

Although she is glad that Coupland is behind bars for years, she admits that she wishes he could have been given a life sentence, as she will have to deal with trauma for the rest of her life.

“No amount of time can make up for what he has done,” he said. “Eight years and six months is a long time for him, but I have to live with this for life, why shouldn’t he?

“It has taken me so long to come forward for him to still be in denial and then show no emotion at sentencing. I just don’t feel like he knows what he’s done. He showed no remorse, nothing.”

On a trip to Alderley Edge, Coupland forced his victim into the car.

A few days later, she bravely recorded audio of him admitting what he had done and had screenshot messages that she was able to turn over to police.

Jo Lazzari, Head of CPS Mersey Cheshire’s Serious Sexual Offenses and Rape Unit (RASSO), said: “Despite a number of setbacks, the victim remained resolute throughout this process and her evidence led to Alexander Coupland was found guilty on charges of rape, penetrative assault and non-consensual sexual activity.

“He was sentenced by Mr. Recorder Thomas QC to a total of eight years and six months in prison and was granted a restraining order.

“In a personal statement from the victim, the victim described how the fear of meeting Coupland made her reluctant to come out. The Crown Prosecution Service would like to thank her for her courage in reporting this violation, providing us with the evidence we needed and having the tenacity to bring this case to justice.

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“Alex Coupland is a sexual predator who placed the victim in a vulnerable position and exploited their trust. Her actions have undoubtedly made other young women safe from her offensive behavior and she should feel proud and empowered by this case.

“Her personal statement in court is heartbreaking: she says she will never feel like herself again. I hope that one day this experience and her courage, despite all her adversities, will make her a stronger version of herself.

“For anyone else who has experienced sexual assault or abuse, please consider trusting us with your story. We are working in every way possible to bring justice to these cases in the most timely manner possible. The new laws allow many victims to testify and be questioned much earlier in the case to avoid delays. We will continue to work tirelessly to prevent sex offenders from evading justice.”

Detective Constable Natalie Whitehead, who led the investigation, said: “Firstly I would like to commend the victim for the bravery she has shown throughout this investigation.

“The fact that Coupland made her stand trial and tell what he did to her was extremely distressing, but thanks to the courage she has shown he is now behind bars facing the consequences of his actions.

“I also hope that this case, and the sentence Coupland has received, will encourage other sex crime victims to come forward and report us. Any allegation will be thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and needs of the victim as our top priority.

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“Victims should never feel ashamed to talk about what they have suffered. They will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers, as well as other support agencies we work with, and all victims of sexual offenses have the right to remain anonymous.”

The last three years have been difficult for the victim, but now, he says, he can finally heal.

She said: “After having to travel to Chester Crown Court three or four times for a court hearing that was constantly adjourned due to Covid or a gas leak in the chambers, it has been a very difficult emotional road that I never want. follow, continue. again.

“But now I can slowly start to rebuild my life.”




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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