Man Jailed for six years for raping ex-wife - Luton

26/02/2014

A husband who raped his estranged wife as she cuddled their 4-year-old daughter on a bed was jailed for six years today, Wednesday, 26 February 2014.

The 42-year-old father had gone to the home of his ex-wife following the breakup of their marriage and looked after the child while the mum went out for the evening.  But when he discovered that night she had been out seeing her new boyfriend, he flew into a rage, Luton Crown Court was told.

First he bombarded her with a torrent of abusive and threatening text messages, even threatening to kill her.  But when she returned to the house in Hemel Hempstead, Herts on the night of 01 May 2011, he attacked her in an upstairs bedroom.

The court heard the mum had gone to comfort their 4-year-old her daughter who had woken and was crying.  She ended up laying on a bed with the youngster who drifted off to sleep.  But the father was still angry and as his ex lay comforting the child, he got on the bed beside her and raped the woman.

Sentencing the man, Judge David Farrell QC told him It was an act of punishment and power over her.  He said: "This was pure and utter rape. You are a bully who sought to dominate your ex wife."

The man was found guilty by a jury of rape and assault by penetration.

The judge said "mercifully" the child had remained asleep while her father attacked the mother.

He was also made the subject of a restraining order and told his name will go on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

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