‘Evil’ rapist stole from vic­tim af­ter vile at­tack

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Contract Strike Action - By Paul Hooper

A man who sub­jected an Ash­ford rape vic­tim to a sav­age at­tack be­fore rob­bing her was branded “evil” be­fore be­ing given a 20-year sen­tence.

Bret New­ton was found guilty by a jury at Can­ter­bury Crown Court of five charges – in­clud- ing twice rap­ing his fright­ened vic­tim.

As he car­ried out his vile sex at­tacks, he stuffed a dress­ing gown into her mouth to si­lence her.

Now a judge has sent the 20-year-old to prison for 15 years – and added an­other five years which has to be served on li­cence when he is re­leased.

The jury heard how he talked his way into a house in Maid- stone Road, Ash­ford, in March last year be­fore sub­ject­ing his vic­tim to the pro­longed at­tack.

Then af­ter­wards he told the vic­tim to sleep, promis­ing he would stay to pro­tect her – but in­stead he stole her cash and credit card.

Judge James O’Ma­hony told him: “You did this while you were on bail for other se­ri­ous of­fences and you have pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drugs, se­ri­ous vi­o­lence and ar­son.

“Dur­ing th­ese at­tacks you pulled her hair and put your hands around her throat, grip­ping with such force she feared she would lose con­scious­ness.

“This was con­trol­ling, vi­o­lent, bul­ly­ing con­duct.

“Even af­ter­wards you told her you would look af­ter her… but you just stole from her.

“She suf­fered much more than phys­i­cal in­juries and you pose a dan­ger to the pub­lic. “This was just evil be­hav­iour!” He said that by plead­ing not guilty the drug ad­dict made his vic­tim re­live her ap­palling or­deal.

‘This was con­trol­ling, vi­o­lent, bul­ly­ing con­duct’

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