Chelmsford: Man pleads guilty to raping woman

A MAN has today pleaded guilty to raping a woman in Chelmsford several times earlier this year.

The attack happened when a 26-year-old local woman was threatened with violence inside a Ford Focus on New London Road, Chelmsford, shortly after 2am on Saturday, May 19 and was then driven to the entrance of the former St John’s Hospital site on Wood Street.

She was then subjected to a series of sexual assaults.

The next day, Billy Bennett was arrested and later charged with a number of sexual offences and kidnap.

At Chelmsford Crown Court today, the 22-year-old unemployed man from Great Fox Meadow in Kelvedon Hatch, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, one count of assaulting a woman by penetration and one count of kidnap.

He was remanded in court custody prior to his sentencing back at the same court on Friday, September 7.