Man jailed for raping homeless woman as she slept - Bedford

25/05/2017

A Bedford man, who filmed himself raping a woman as she slept, was jailed for seven and a half years today, Thursday, 25 May 2017.

William Greenfield had taken pity on the homeless woman and would allow her to stay at his home in Bedford. But one night, as she lay sleeping in a bedroom, he carried out the offence filming himself on a mobile phone.

Luton Crown Court was told the 27-year-old woman only discovered what had happened when she borrowed his phone because of a problem with her own and saw the shocking images.

Judge Phillip Bartle, hearing the case, was told the victim now feels a tremendous sense of betrayal by Greenfield, who she had regarded as a friend.

Greenfield, aged 39, of Davis Close in Bedford, appeared in court in custody after earlier pleading guilty to two offences of rape and sexual assault by penetration.

The court was told it was in February of this year when Greenfield attended the crown court for the beginning of his trial and changed his pleas to guilty.

Martin Mulgrew, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said when the woman tackled the defendant about what she'd seen on his phone, he tried to make out she had consented. It couldn't have been further from the truth, the court was told today, when Mr Mulgrew said the woman had been "sound asleep."

Greenfield pleaded guilty to raping the woman and sexually assaulting her between January 26 2014 and February 2015. The second rape offence, which hadn't been filmed, occurred on a date beyween June 18 and June 29 2015.

Garry Pans, defending, said the offences were completely out of character for Greenfield, who had been regarded as a caring family man.

Passing sentence, Judge Bartle said the "transient life" of the victim had meant that she spent much of her time at the home of Greenfield. "She said you were a very good friend and she now feels betrayed by you." He said the effect of it all on the victim had led her to leave Bedford.

The Judge jailed Greenfield for seven and a half years and ordered his name be added to the sex offenders' register for life. He also made a restraining order banning the defendant from making contact with the victim.

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