THE detective who helped to build the prosecution’s case against ‘evil’ rapist Daniel Thompson hopes he will reflect on his crime during his time in jail.

Thompson, 24, of Wilderspool Causeway, raped his victim twice after he forced his way into her flat on the evening of April 30 as she returned from volunteering at her church.

DS Ian Murray, from Warrington CID, said: “Rape is always horrendous but this was a particularly vicious crime, committed by an evil man who even now continues to show no remorse.

“But at least now he has many years to reflect upon the consequences of his actions.

“An indeterminate public protection order is a strong sentence which, importantly, means that Thompson will not be automatically released after serving the tariff.

“He will have to prove that he is no longer a danger to the public before he is eligible to be released.

“There is no sentence that can ever make up for what that young woman went through on that night but I hope that knowing that Thompson will remain behind bars for many years to come will provide some comfort to her.

“I would also like to pay testament to the hard work of Warrington CID and the crown prosecution service which has resulted in Thompson now paying for his crime.”

DI Dougie Shaw hopes the investigation and prosecution will give other rape victims confidence that all reports to police of this nature are treated with compassion and professionalism.

He added: “It is sometimes forgotten that a crime such as this not only affects the victim, but also her family and close friends.

“I spoke with them after Friday’s sentencing and it was clear they were extremely happy with the investigation carried out by my officers and, no doubt, the sentence itself.

“While accepting it is the end of the court process it is almost certainly just the beginning of the healing process for them all.”