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Richard Tutt secures life sentence for serial rapist

News 4th May 2022

Richard Tutt prosecuted a 46 year old Swindon man charged, amongst other things, with raping his then partner.  The Defendant denied all charges and was tried over two weeks in January.  He was convicted unanimously by the jury.  On 21 April 2022 the Defendant was sentenced by HHJ Taylor QC. The Defendant had previously orally raped a female in 1996 (then a sexual assault).  In 2005 he assaulted a partner, cut off her hair and ultimately throttled her until she lost consciousness.  In 2008 the Defendant was convicted after trial of two rapes and two assaults occasioning actual bodily harm on his then partner.  He was sentenced to Imprisonment for Public Protection, an indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of 5 years’ imprisonment.  Within months of his release he met the lady who was to become his next victim.  In spite of the Defendant’s recall on his IPP, Judge Taylor sentenced the Defendant to a discretionary life sentence with a minimum term of 14 years.

For further information in on the case as reported by the BBC please click here.

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