Man pleads guilty to supermarket rape

A MAN has admitted kidnapping and raping a 21-year-old woman in a Suffolk supermarket car park.Robert English appeared in an Ipswich Crown Court dock dressed in a grey jumper and on metal crutches as he admitted what he had done.

A MAN has admitted kidnapping and raping a 21-year-old woman in a Suffolk supermarket car park.

Robert English appeared in an Ipswich Crown Court dock dressed in a grey jumper and on metal crutches as he admitted what he had done.

The young woman was attacked in a Tesco car park in London Road, Brandon on June 14.

English, 58, of Fiddlewood Road, Norwich pleaded guilty to kidnapping the woman, false imprisonment, sexual assault, assault by penetration and two counts of rape.

Michael Crimp prosecuting said English had no previous convictions and wanted to be sentenced immediately.

However he urged Judge Neil McKittrick to adjourn sentencing so the victim had the opportunity to be present.

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Ian James mitigating for English said: “He has been anxious to enter pleas as quickly as possible and wants to be dealt with as quickly as possible.”

Judge McKittrick said: “I need an assessment of danger posed by your client. He will get certain credit for those pleas but I need to know the danger to the public and other women.”

The judge asked English to stand then said: “Your pleas are noted. You will be sentenced on October 3 at this court by me and you are remanded in custody until then.

“The sentence will certainly be a custodial one but the length and nature will depend on issues of danger and risk which the probation service will look at.”

A pre sentence report was ordered and English was told to sign the sex offenders' register.