Rapist loses ap­peal

Nottingham Post - - NEWS -

A “DAN­GER­OUS” rapist who sex­u­ally as­saulted a “ter­ri­fied” good Sa­mar­i­tan after she gave him shel­ter de­served a tough sen­tence, top judges have ruled.

James Mar­tin Hughes, of no fixed ad­dress, was jailed for three years and nine months at Not­ting­ham Crown Court on June 25.

The 44-year-old ad­mit­ted sex­ual as­sault, Mr Jus­tice Phillips told Lon­don’s Ap­peal Court yes­ter­day. His mid­dle-aged vic­tim was on her way home in Not­ting­ham when she saw Hughes and an­other man, who were sit­ting out­side a shop.

She asked if they had eaten and later re­turned with food and drink, telling them they could sleep at her home that night. When she went down­stairs the fol­low­ing morn­ing, she found the other man had uri­nated and vom­ited all over her liv­ing room and Hughes had also been sick.

The two men left, but Hughes re­turned an hour later and pushed her by the shoul­ders into her bed­room. He grabbed her top and ripped it, be­fore ly­ing on top of her on her bed, hold­ing her arms to pin her down.

Fear­ing that Hughes, who had been drink­ing and tak­ing drugs, would rape her, she told him she had “some­thing nice” to wear, which was down­stairs, and asked if he would he like to see it. When they went down­stairs, she man­aged to open the front door and shove him out­side.

He had 61 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing rape and ar­son be­ing reck­less as to en­dan­ger­ing life, the court heard.

His lawyers ar­gued that his jail term was too long and should be re­duced. But Mr Jus­tice Phillips, sit­ting with Judge Mark Brown, re­jected the ap­peal, say­ing: “The vic­tim’s kind­ness and gen­eros­ity had made her vul­ner­a­ble to Hughes.

“He abused that kind­ness and ex­ploited that vul­ner­a­bil­ity in an ap­palling way.”

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