Man given extended sentence for revenge rape - Watford

16/10/2017

A man, who raped a woman out of revenge, in a B&B that she had paid for him to stay in, was given an extended sentence of 15 years today, Monday, 16 October 2017.

Robert Maitland was angry that the woman, a former girlfriend, had spoken to the police about his behaviour, telling them he had raped her. In the end she decided not to pursue the matter.

The incident happened after Maitland, aged 32, had been released from prison where he had been held after another woman had made a rape complaint against him in 2016. Having been granted bail over Christmas of last year, his victim, who had been in a relationship with him years before, paid for bed and breakfast accommodation for him in Watford.

Early this year, when the 51-year-old woman went to stay with him at the B&B, he carried out a sadistic sex attack on her to teach her a lesson.

Samantha Cohen, prosecuting, said the pain the woman felt that day was "almost indescribable." It was, she said, "agonising and brutal" and she went on: "As he was doing it she was screaming and crying out for him to stop."

Maitland, of The Elms, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead, appeared at St Albans Crown Court, via video link from Bedford prison, where he pleaded guilty to raping the woman and assault by penetration between 20 January and 9 February this year.

Sentencing Maitland, Judge Andrew Bright QC told him it was the view of experts who had prepared a report on him that he posed a "considerable risk of harm to adult women who he formed a relationship with." The Judge told Maitland that what he had done to the woman that day was "nothing short of brutal." The Judge said he had no doubt that Maitland had carried out the rape to cause her "excruciating pain" as revenge for talking to the police. He said he had concluded that Maitland posed a serious risk to the public by committing further serious offences and therefore he was going to pass a 15 year extended sentence.

Maitland was told that the custody element of the sentence was 12 years, of which he will have to serve a minimum of two thirds before he can be even considered for parole. When he is released, he will be on licence until 2032. He was also made the subject of a restraining order not to contact the woman, and his name will go on the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life.

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