Rapist loses appeal
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.”