Rapist faces long sentence

A RAPIST who kidnapped a young woman in a supermarket car park before subjecting her to a sickening sexual attack is today facing years in jail. Evil Robert English preyed on his 21-year-old victim, putting her through a terrifying two-hour ordeal after she had helped him load bags into his car.

A RAPIST who kidnapped a young woman in a supermarket car park before subjecting her to a sickening sexual attack is today facing years in jail.

Evil Robert English preyed on his 21-year-old victim, putting her through a terrifying two-hour ordeal after she had helped him load bags into his car.

Using metal crutches for support and dressed in a scruffy grey jumper, the 58-year-old showed no emotion in the dock at Ipswich Crown Court as he admitted each of the six offences put before him.

The June 14 attack took place at Tesco in Brandon in broad daylight.

English pretended to be struggling with his shopping and when a Good Samaritan came to his aid, he bundled her into the back of his 4x4 and drove her to his static home, hidden in a remote location a 20-minute drive away.

There, he raped her twice, threatening to kill her if she did not do as he said.

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She was later taken back to Brandon and dumped in Wimbledon Avenue.

English has no previous convictions and, therefore, knew his DNA was not on the police register.

What he had not bargained on was the detailed description provided by his victim, so precise that it led detectives to English's door.

The Evening Star understands that her recollection of the isolated spot to which she had been taken matched a similar location familiar to local police.

Officers were dispatched to the static home on July 10 - less than a month after the attack - where they arrested English.

Later, DNA tests would confirm that police had snared the Brandon rapist.

Today, detective chief inspector David Cutler, who led the investigation, described the crime as “appalling”.

“This was an horrific and audacious attack, and the first major investigation for Suffolk Police's Major Investigation Team,” he said.

“It was a complex case involving both local and specially trained officers who provided support to the victim and the community, and carried out many hundreds of hours of work to bring this man to justice.

“I would like to thank the media and public for their assistance in this case. Many hundreds of people were spoken to and their input was vital in tracking down the offender and the location where he carried out this appalling crime.”

English, who is believed to be married, will be sentenced on October 3.

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The court case:

DURING a brief hearing at Ipswich Crown Court, vile Robert English admitted kidnapping and raping a 21-year-old woman.

Fifty-eight year old English, 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.

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.

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