04:41PM, Monday 13 June 2016
A 30-year-old man has been convicted of raping a woman at Slough Cemetery & Crematorium after pleading guilty at Reading Crown Court today (Monday).
Christopher Rode, of Granville Avenue, Slough, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a woman 16 years or over and one count of Section 18 – grievous bodily harm with intent.
On May 9, Rode attacked a woman in her 50s at the crematorium in Stoke Road. He hit her over the head with an object and then raped her twice.
Rode was arrested on May 12 and charged the following day.
He is due to be sentenced at the same court on July 11.
Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Stuart Brangwin, said: “This was an horrific attack on a woman who at the time was paying her respects to a loved one in the public crematorium.
“The victim has been supported by specially trained officers during the investigation and I would like to acknowledge her courage throughout this extremely traumatic time.
“I am pleased that Rode has admitted responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty to the offences.
“Crimes of this nature are fortunately very rare, and as this conviction demonstrates, Thames Valley Police will find those responsible and bring them to justice.
“My thoughts are with the victim and I hope that knowing Rode is behind bars will help her to move forward with her life.”