‘It was the worst form of bul­ly­ing and vi­o­lence’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A JUDGE told Craw­ford he had sub­jected his vic­tim to sus­tained and sadis­tic vi­o­lent acts.

Judge Roger Dut­ton de­scribed him as a sig­nif­i­cant risk to women and or­dered him to sign the Sex Of­fend­ers Register for the rest of his life upon re­lease from prison.

He said: “It was the worst form of bul­ly­ing and vi­o­lence for the sake of vi­o­lence.

“You made de­mands of her and con­trolled her, telling her what she was and was not able to do and she acted be­cause she was ter­ri­fied she would be in­jured even more.

“She was beaten and then you raped her, twice. If that wasn’t enough you forced her to take a whole mix­ture of med­i­ca­tion, a se­ri­ous amount of drugs.

“It may have been so she would for­get her ex­pe­ri­ence, but cer­tainly to keep her se­dated un­til Mon­day so you could steal her money from the post of­fice.

“Af­ter she was ill you fell asleep and she es­caped and got help.

“This was a dread­ful se­ries of of­fences and while the in­ci­dent is bro­ken down into sep­a­rate in­dict­ments, I am treat­ing them as a global sen­tence which rep­re­sents the sheer hor­ror of her ex­pe­ri­ence and the depth and deprav­ity of your crimes.”

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