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MetiNews.Com - Phillip Blackwell from Cornwall is now behind bars serving a life-sentence
Breaking News ! The chilling case of Phillip Blackwell has grabbed national headlines this week after the sick rapist's true criminality came to light when he was put behind bars for life. The former X-Factor hopeful and supply teacher at Launceston College was handed a life prison sentence at Warwick Crown Court after he admitted 31 sexual offences against nine women in Cornwall, Warwickshire and Birmingham over the course of a 22-year period. He has to serve a minimum of nine years behind bars and during the sentencing hearing, Judge Peter Cooke described Blackwell - who appeared in the 2008 edition of the ITV show with his rendition of Spandau Ballet’s Gold - as "one of the most dangerous offenders" he had seen. Serial rapist Blackwell, of Launceston, had taped some of his victims’ eyes and used a camcorder to film himself attacking young women after launching his first assault in 1997. Read More Related Articles You can get our best stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles Cornwall Live has a free app and here's how to download it Warwick Crown Court heard how the 56-year-old “carefully targeted” five young vulnerable women who were walking alone in Birmingham, Coventry and Nuneaton before moving to Cornwall where he committed more crimes. Blackwell was only caught after a victim from Cornwall came forward with allegations against him and with the help of advanced DNA profiling, he was linked to the earlier crimes. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "A woman came forward with allegations, including rape, against Blackwell. "He was arrested at his home in Launceston by Devon and Cornwall Police in August 2019 and his DNA taken. "When entered into the UK National DNA Database, his profile was found to be a match for a string of stranger rapes against five women in Nuneaton and Birmingham between 1997 and 1998. "In each case, the young women were walking alone in the early hours of the morning when they were attacked from behind before being raped or subjected to other sexual offences. Cornwall Courts latest Men threatened family with machete Teen bit partner in front of kids Judge jails lost cause Holiday-maker touched child "Back then, Warwickshire Police launched Operation Fairway, working in collaboration with West Midlands Police and the National Crime Agency, to lead one of the biggest investigations ever carried out by the Warwickshire force. "Despite the size of the investigation and DNA samples being taken from thousands of men in the area, Blackwell, who lived in Birmingham at the time, did not come to light as a suspect. "In 2003, Blackwell moved to Cornwall where he continued to offend." Phillip Blackwell lived in Launceston (Image: SWNS) Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Glenn Willcocks, from the Sexual Offences and Domestic Abuse Investigation Team in Cornwall, welcomed the sentence and said: “The DNA hit from his arrest in Cornwall began the chain of events which led to the capture of this dangerous and prolific sexual offender. This case clearly demonstrates how critical DNA profiling is to modern day policing. “It is remarkable that Blackwell thought nothing of brazenly appearing on national television and potentially being identified by his victims. It shows the level of confidence he had in thinking he would never be caught. However his past has well and truly found him now. “Some of his victims have lived with these devastating crimes for more than 20 years and we are delighted that he has finally been brought to justice. I would pay tribute to the incredible bravery of the victims who had to revisit the horrendous crimes they were subjected to many years ago.” Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Tedds from Warwickshire Police said: “This is about Blackwell’s victims. Nothing can ever take away the pain they have suffered but I hope they can take some comfort from seeing him behind bars. “They have shown great bravery throughout; their collective courage has ensured a very dangerous man is going to prison. “As a detective constable working on the case for Warwickshire Police in the 1990s I saw first-hand the terror Blackwell caused in the community.
. “Despite not being solved at the time, the offences in the Nuneaton and Birmingham were regularly reviewed for new evidence. “It was clear that Blackwell was very careful in his offending and this may have led him to believe he had got away with it. However, the bravery of one his victims in Cornwall in reporting her ordeal at his hands and the wonders of DNA technology have ensured Blackwell’s past has caught up with him.
Police mug shot of Phillip Blackwell who has been jailed for life for a string of sex crimes
(Image: Warwickshire Police)
“The scale of his offending was astonishing; he is a very dangerous man and prison is undoubtedly the best place for him. “I hope the outcome gives everyone the confidence that we will work tirelessly to bring sex offenders to justice no matter how long ago the offences occurred.” Footage of Blackwell's arrest in Cornwall has also been released and can be viewed below.
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Blackwell's victims all over the country have released moving statements detailing the devastating effects of his crimes. The statements from victims in Cornwall appear below. Statement from victim one in Cornwall "This case has been incredibly distressing. These crimes have not only affected the survivors of his crimes, but our families and friends. "I would like to thank Warwickshire Police for their diligent work and the support they have shown us. "The harm he has caused can never be undone"
Statement from victim two in Cornwall “I feel shocked by everything that has happened. I am simply existing rather than actually living. "I am too distraught by what he has done. I believe he knew what he was doing was wrong and he took great pleasure in getting away with it. "He is a very devious and dangerous man. I fear that he cannot be rehabilitated and will always be a threat to women and girls."
Evil Phillip Blackwell admitted a huge number of sex attacks on women
Statement from victim three in Cornwall "Phillip Blackwell has caused so much hurt and pain to myself and others over a very long period of time. "The offences that he has committed against me have caused me unimaginable distress and left me traumatised. I feel broken and damaged." Statement from victim four in Cornwall "I hope he is feeling ashamed and disgusted with himself. I hope that he gets a huge wake up call to his actions and that he truly understands all the pain he has caused everyone."
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