‘Sadis­tic’ rapist jailed for 18 years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

A‘SADIS­TIC’ rapist beat, drugged and im­pris­oned his vic­tim dur­ing a hor­ri­fy­ing 12-hour or­deal.

Car­marni Asher Craw­ford, 23, was jailed for 18 years af­ter sub­ject­ing the woman to ‘sus­tained and sadis­tic vi­o­lent acts’ at a flat in Mac­cles­field.

The ‘evil’ thug even sent a se­ries of dis­turb­ing text mes­sages to his sis­ter brag­ging about his crime.

Craw­ford forced his ter- ri­fied vic­tim to take vast amounts of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion in a bid to se­date her for two days un­til her bank opened and he could steal cash from her ac­count, the court heard.

But his brave vic­tim man­aged to es­cape when Craw­ford fell asleep, pros­e­cu­tors said.

When de­tec­tives searched the flat they found a wrench wrapped in a sock cov­ered in blood, the court heard.

Craw­ford, of Wind­sor Rise, Lon­don Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted two charges of rape, as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, false im­pris­on­ment and ad­min­is­ter­ing poi­son with in­tent to harm at Ch­ester Crown Court.

Dur­ing the at­tack Craw­ford threat­ened to stab her in the neck with a screw­driver and beat her.

As his vic­tim cow­ered nurs­ing her in­juries, Craw­ford cru­elly taunted her say­ing: “It’s not over yet. This is just the start of it.”

He then raped her twice be­fore forc­ing her to take 24 tablets of med­i­ca­tion.

Over the fol­low­ing hours the vic­tim be­gan hal­lu­ci­nat­ing, slipped in and out of con­scious­ness and was vi­o­lently sick.

As well as tex­ting his sis­ter Craw­ford also sent a bo­gus text mes­sage to a friend of the vic­tim.

In a state­ment read out in court the vic­tim de­scribed her at­tacker as ‘evil’.

She said: “I feel drained by the ex­pe­ri­ence. I live in fear of him. I am suf­fer­ing from post trau­matic stress. I can­not leave the house on my own. I can’t even take med­i­ca­tion be­cause it re­minds me of what he did. My life has been de­stroyed. I can’t be­lieve some­one could be so evil.”

The court heard Craw­ford was un­re­pen­tant about his crimes and had spo­ken of the vic­tim with ‘vengeance and dis­gust’ to the pro­ba­tion ser­vices, cal­lously claim­ing ‘she will get over it quickly’.

De­fend­ing, Maria Mas­selis said the only merit in Craw­ford’s favour was he didn’t put the vic­tim through the or­deal of a trial.

She said: “There is noth­ing that can ex­plain putting some­one through an hor­ren­dous ex­pe­ri­ence of that na­ture.”

●● Car­marni Asher Craw­ford sub­jected his vic­tim to ‘sus­tained and sadis­tic vi­o­lent acts’

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