No means no, judge tells rapist

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A judge sen­tenc­ing a vi­o­lent rapist to 11 years in jail stressed women have “an ab­so­lute right” to say no to sex in any sit­u­a­tion.

Judge Philip Stat­man told Jonathan Good­hew: “When a woman says no she means what she says. Your per­son­al­ity is such you would not take no for an an­swer – and that is the tragedy of this case.

“You are to be sen­tenced for these very grave of­fences a few days short of your 60th birth­day. You have shown in this court from start to fin­ish not a flicker of re­morse for that which you have done.”

Good­hew, for­merly of Wy­att Street, Maid­stone, de­nied three rape charges but was con­victed by a jury.

Pros­e­cu­tor Oliver Dunkin said Good­hew threat­ened the vic­tim and was vi­o­lent bran­dished a knife on one oc­ca­sion and made threats to kill her.

Judge Stat­man said: “He is some­body who wanted to have his way, and that’s what he de­cided to do.”

Ian Foinette, de­fend­ing, said the father-of-four, now of Tay­lor Close, St Albans, Hert­ford­shire, was en­gaged to a woman who was sup­port­ing him.

Good­hew’s name will ap­pear on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for life and he will be barred from work­ing with chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble adults.

Fever & Bou­tique will open up­stairs in the old Bel­uga Bar build­ing which is also home to Bierkeller - mar­ket­ing manger Dun­can Squires says these are ex­cit­ing times

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