Wembley preacher jailed for rape has his convictions quashed

Court of Appeal rules Paul Denton’s convictions were ‘unsafe’

A preacher who was jailed for a week-long campaign of rape has had his convictions overturned by three senior judges at the Court of Appeal.

Paul Denton, 47, of Eddison House in Barnhill Road, Wembley, was accused of a string of anal rapes of a woman.

After the self-appointed Christian teacher’s convictions on seven counts of rape, he was jailed for 12 years at Inner London Crown Court last February.

But he continued to protest his innocence and in December took his case to the Court of Appeal in London in a legal bid to clear his name.

Lord Justice Moses, Mr Justice Burnett and Judge Anthony Scott-Gall declined to give a judgment on that occasion, but last week they quashed every one of Denton’s rape convictions.

Criticising omissions given by the judge to the jury at the trial, Lord Justice Moses said Denton’s convictions were “unsafe”

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and overturned them.

Discussions on whether there should be a retrial of the allegations are ongoing, meaning no more details of the case or judgment can be published.