‘REntAl rApist’ tolD hE CoulD DiE in prison

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A man la­belled ‘the rental rapist’ who was ex­tra­dited from Peter­bor­ough has been sen­tenced to 15 years in jail for a se­ries of sex­ual as­saults in Aus­tralia. Colin Hen­der­son (65), who lived in Mayor’s Walk in the city, was­called ‘the rental rapist’ be­cause he chose fe­male vic­tims who were look­ing to rent rooms. A court in Mel­bourne heard he had sex­u­ally as­sault­edthree­wom­en­dur­ing the 1980s.

Hen­der­son was jailed for at least 11 years over the rapes of three women at their Mel­bourne homes be­tween 1981 and 1984.

He­wa­sex­tra­dit­ed­fromPeter­bor­ough to Aus­tralia last year and pleaded guilty to six his­tor­i­cal sex charges.

He had mounted a le­gal chal­lenge to the ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings on the grounds of ill health, but on Wed­nes­day he was told he could die in prison. Vic­to­rian County Court judge Paul La­cava sen­tenced him to 15 years in prison, with a non-pa­role pe­riod of 11 years. He said: “Your con­duct to­wards each of the three vic­tims was rep­re­hen­si­ble, preda­to­ryand­planned.”

Aus­tralian de­tec­tives re­opened the cold cases in 2011 af­ter ad­vances in DNA tech- nol­ogy linked Hen­der­son, now 65, to wine glasses he used at the vic­tims’ homes.

The judge said the vic­tims had­beenat­tackedintheirown homes and sub­jected to rapes of the worst kind.

‘This kindof of­fend­ing­was ev­ery woman’s worst night­mare,’ Judge La­cava said.

Hen­der­son pleaded guilty to four counts of ag­gra­vated rape, one count of in­de­cent rape, and one count of ag­gra­vated rape.

Speak­ing on a TVpro­gramme, Liz Hen­der­son said sheknewher­former­hus­band had a ‘vi­o­lent past’ but was hor­ri­fied to hear how se­ri­ous his of­fend­ing was. She said he was ‘de­spi­ca­ble,’ and the sen­tence was too le­nient.

Liz and Colin Hen­der­son

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