Ipswich man with “disturbing interest” in sexual abuse jailed for 12 years

Ipswich Crown Court.

Ipswich Crown Court. - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich man with “an entrenched and disturbing interest” in sexually abusing females has been jailed for 12 years.

Sentencing 28-year-old Christopher Lander, Judge Rupert Overbury said he had come to the conclusion that Lander poised a significant risk and danger to the public, particularly children.

“I have no hesitation in determining that you have an entrenched and disturbing interest in sexually abusing females of varying ages and recording that abuse for your own and others’ perverted sexual gratification,” said the judge.

Lander, who was living in Ipswich at the time of the offences, but has been in prison awaiting sentence, admitted four offences of rape, four offences of assault by penetration, three offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual assault of a child, two offences of making a threat to kill, making indecent images of children and distributing indecent images of children.

Lander was jailed for 12 years with an extended licence period of three years and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Judge Overbury said Lander would have to serve two thirds of his sentence before his case could be referred to the Parole Board.

Ipswich Crown Court heard Lander had filmed himself raping and sexually assaulting a woman and had threatened a schoolgirl he had sexually abused with a knife and threatened to kill her if she told anyone what he had done.

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The court heard that Lander was found in possession of more than 700 indecent images of children and had distributed 26 of the images.

Neil Saunders for Lander said:”There is little I can say by way of mitigation because there isn’t any.”

He said Lander had expressed shame and guilt for committing the offences and was aware he was facing a considerable period of imprisonment.

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