Man convicted of multiple rapes and coercive and controlling behaviour


A man has been convicted at Canterbury Crown Court of raping a woman nine times and waging a campaign of coercive and controlling behaviour against her.

Christopher Moore had previously pleaded guilty to one charge of controlling or coercive behaviour, legislation which came into effect at the end of 2015, and one count of putting someone in fear of violence by harassment.

The new law of controlling or coercive behaviour only applies to abuse or behaviour on or after 29 December 2015 and to prosecute this offence, the Crown Prosecution Service has to be able to show evidence of a pattern of abuse or behaviour against the victim which stops short of serious physical violence, but leaves them in fear and impacts on their usual day-to-day activities.

Moore's victim moved to Kent to escape him, but he followed her to the area and raped her on a number of different occasions. After she reported him to the police in February 2016, he embarked on what was described in court as a course of conduct clearly designed to intimidate his victim and make her fearful of further violence.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South East Jaswant Narwal said: "The victim in this case faced a horrifying ordeal at Moore's hands. She was raped repeatedly by him and, once she reported him to the police, he started to call, text and email with threats.

"One text message the victim received talked about the only way they would ever be apart was when she was with her parents, who were both dead, while another spoke about following her and knowing where she was staying.

"It was thanks to the support of a friend that the victim came forward initially and Moore has now been brought to justice. This is a timely reminder to all of us that everyone has a role to play if we suspect someone we know is suffering abuse in this way. As this case shows, it does not even need to be physical abuse for it to have a serious impact on someone's life."

Where can I get help?

Anyone in immediate danger should always call 999.

The 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone helpline can be contacted on 0800 2000 247 and is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends and colleagues calling on their behalf.

The Men's Advice Line is available on 0808 801 0327 and offers advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence.