Victim of Wakefield ‘sexual predator’ died without seeing him brought to justice

Domiso Celestine, who was jailed at Bradford Crown Court
Domiso Celestine, who was jailed at Bradford Crown Court
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A dangerous Wakefield rapist who thought he could evade justice has been given a 24-year extended prison sentence for a series of attacks on vulnerable young women and girls.

A judge today branded 24-year-old Domiso Celistine a “sexual predator” and told him that he needed to have an extra five years licence added to his 19-year prison term because of the danger he posed to females.

Bradford Crown Court heard how one of Celestine’s rape victims died without seeing him brought to justice and others had been left suffering nightmares and flashbacks of the attacks upon them during the course of a four-year period between 2010 and 2014.

In total Celestine attacked five complainants, the youngest being only 15, and often took the opportunity to force himself on them after they had drunk too much.

But Judge Jonathan Rose was keen to stress that the complainants were not to blame for the crimes committed against them and he noted that Celestine had used both physical force and subterfuge to carry out attacks.

The court heard that some of the initial sex attack allegations against Celestine had been dropped and Judge Rose said the defendant had felt “empowered” by a feeling that he had got away with it.

But last month Celestine, of Old Crown Road, Lupset, finally stood trial on a series of charges covering a period between 2010 and 2014 and was found guilty by the jury of three rapes, one attempt rape, one sexual assault and one assault by penetration.

The court heard that some victims had been asleep in bed when Celestine attacked them while one complainant had been “bundled” into a taxi after a night out and taken back to his flat.

Celestine sexually assaulted another vulnerable teenager after following her down a dark, secluded alleyway after a night out.

Judge Rose referred to a series of victim impact statements, including one from the mother of the deceased complainant, in which they described the traumatic effects of Celestine’s attacks and the process of giving evidence against him at two trials.

The 15-year-old rape victim described how she repeatedly washed herself after the attack and another complainant felt she had lost her dignity.

Judge Rose said Celestine had to be sentenced for a catalogue of “depraved and despicable offences” and he described the defendants crimes as “a campaign of rape”.

The judge noted that Celestine plied a 16-year-old with vodka to get her more drunk and offered her £800 pounds to have sex with him.

She managed to fight him off, but on another night he got into bed after she went to sleep and raped her.

Judge Rose said Celestine had “preyed” on vulnerable complainants while his wife and children slept at home and he had accused the victims of being liars during his trials.

He said all the complainants had suffered lasting psychological harm and Celestine posed a substantial risk of serious harm to members of the public particularly young women.

“You’ve shown no remorse whatsover,” noted Judge Rose. “You have no insight whatsoever into the harm you have caused.”

Detective Constable Yates of the Wakefield District Child Safeguarding Unit at West Yorkshire Police, said: “Celestine’s truly appalling record of offending speaks for himself and I am very pleased that a man who is clearly a real danger to women will now spend many years behind bars.

“The victims in this case have shown great strength and bravery in giving evidence and I hope this conviction helps to bring them some closure.

“Time and again Celestine deliberately targeted and then preyed on vulnerable women in a four year pattern of offending across the district.

“The sentence he has been given reflects the clear risk he poses and should act as a warning to other offenders that they will be punished severely by the courts.”

She added: “All reports of serious sexual assault in Wakefield and in West Yorkshire generally are taken extremely seriously. Victims can feel confident in coming forward knowing they will always be listened to and police will thoroughly investigate.”