12:50PM, Monday 11 July 2016
A cemetery worker who raped a woman while she was mourning her dead son at Slough Cemetery has been jailed for life.
Christopher Rode, of Granville Avenue, Slough, appeared for sentencing at Reading Crown Court this morning.
The 30-year-old was charged with two counts of rape and one count of GBH.
The charges are in connection with an incident involving a 56-year-old woman at the crematorium in Stoke Road on Monday, May 9.
The court heard Rode had 12 previous convictions. He worked at the cemetery and was out on licence for assault at the time he attacked the woman.
Sentencing, Judge John Reddihough, said: "You set upon her and attacked her with a brass object and struck her repeatedly in the face.
"Having used that dreadful violence you then raped her anally putting her in great fear that you were going to kill her.
"It's hard to think of a more frightening ordeal for a woman to go through."
Rode will have to serve 14 years and eight months before he can be considered for release.
Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Stuart Brangwin, said: “The horrendous attack on this woman while she was paying her respects to a loved one in a public crematorium was a truly dreadful crime which shocked the local community.
“Christopher Rode admitted what he had done and has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his crimes, following a swift police investigation and court case.
“I hope that knowing Rode is behind bars for a very long time will help the victim as she moves forward with her life. My thoughts remain with her and I would like to thank her for her bravery throughout the investigation.”
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