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Rapist who hit victim over the head with a hammer jailed for 13 years

|News, Sexual offences , Violent crime

A violent offender who hit his victim over the head with a hammer and raped her has been jailed for 13 years.

Ryan Bruce previously pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and was today (Monday, 21 October 2019) sentenced to 13 years, with four years' extended licence, at Wood Green Crown Court.

Bruce, 26, arranged for the victim, whom he found online, to visit him at his grandmother’s house in Bethnal Green on the evening of 13 March 2019. Shortly after the victim arrived, Bruce hit her over the head with a hammer and raped her.

The assault was interrupted by Bruce’s cousin who let herself into the house to collect their grandmother’s post. She heard the victim crying, and Bruce shouted at her to get out of the house. She did so and called her parents, who arrived minutes later. They found Bruce on the landing brandishing the hammer. After a scuffle, they managed to retrieve the hammer and called the police.

Bruce was found outside of the house with the victim’s phone. He stated it was his despite it being incomprehensible to him as it was set in the Chinese language.

Mubeena Cockar-Khan, from the CPS, said: “This was an act of extreme sexual violence. Having seriously assaulted the victim Bruce then lied about the phone claiming it was his own, which was clearly not true as it was in a language he could not read.

“This sentence sees a dangerous individual, who has previous convictions of assault, removed from our streets. The family’s role in stopping Bruce and the victim’s bravery in helping this prosecution should be acknowledged. I hope this conviction can help her in moving on from this horrific experience.”

Notes to editors

  • Ryan Bruce [DOB: 05.02.1993] is from Stoke Newington in the London borough of Hackney
  • Bruce was sentenced to 13 years with four years' extended licence for two counts of rape to which he pleaded guilty to on 1 August 2019 at Wood Green Crown Court
  • Mubeena Cockar-Khan is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the rape and serious sexual offences unit for CPS London North.

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