Today, Tuesday 27th June 2023, a 32 year old man from the Newtownards area was sentenced at Laganside Crown Court for rape.

Deividas Burbulas was sentenced to seven years. He will serve three years six months in custody and three years six months on licence. He will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and will be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for 10 years.

Detective Sergeant Rebecca Hedley said: “Deividas Burbulas acted callously in his actions, with total disregard to consent of the victim, leaving her shaken and with undoubtedly long-lasting trauma.

“There is no defence for disregarding sexual consent. If you take advantage of someone the way Deividas Burbulas did, you are committing a crime and Detectives will work hard to bring you before the courts to answer for your crimes.

“We would like to commend the young woman for her bravery in coming forward and throughout the investigation and trial process. Your courage should be commended. 

“As a Police Service we urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report to us. We take every report seriously and treat anyone who comes forward with sensitivity and respect.

“If you have been a victim of any form of sexual assault or abuse, call 101 or always dial 999 in an emergency.”