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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Carlisle man jailed for 18 years for sex attacks

A man has been jailed for 18 years and put on the sex offenders’ register for life after being found guilty of a string of vile sexual assaults against a woman.

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Iain Hamilton

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Iain Gordon Hamilton, 51, of Housesteads Road, Sandsfield Park, Carlisle, had denied a total of 13 charges relating to incidents in the early 1990s.

At Carlisle Crown Court he was convicted of six counts of rape, three allegations of indecent assault and two assault charges against a woman.

He was cleared of one charge of indecent assault against the same victim. He was also found not guilty of a further indecent assault charge against a second woman.

The women cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Hamilton had claimed during his trial that all of the allegations had been consensual.

During the trial at Carlisle Crown Court, Hamilton was described by prosecutor Tim Brennand as someone who showed a “sexual predilection for deviant behaviour”.

He told the jury that the woman had known her attacker and only reported the matter last year because at the time she did not feel confident enough to tell the authorities. He said: “The complainant felt that she was unable to contact the police.”

The woman had previously told the court how she was repeatedly raped, indecently assaulted and – during intercourse – was slapped. Mr Brennand said that the victim was scared of Hamilton, but in June last year she finally reported the matter.

The jury was shown video footage from recorded police statements with the victim.

When sending the jury out to deliberate, Judge Peter Hughes had warned them not to let their personal feelings affect any decision: “Some of the allegations you have heard I anticipate you have found deeply shocking. Do not let shock or revulsion in any way cloud your judgement.”

The jury retired to consider its verdict yesterday lunchtime, returning four hours later with its 11 guilty verdicts.

After hearing the verdict, Judge Hughes told Hamilton: “Let me make it plain to you: the conduct I have heard demands a very significant sentence in prison.”

Judge Hughes sentenced Hamilton this morning after he remanded him in custody overnight.

Judge Hughes told Hamilton today: “You scarred her mentally and the memory of what you did will live with her for the rest of her life.”

After the hearing, Vicky Atkinson, senior crown prosecutor for CPS North West said Hamilton had been jailed for horrific systematic abuse of a woman.

“He used extreme violence to bully and control her. She was forced to endure a whole manner of degrading sexual acts and if she failed to comply it would result in taunts, humiliation and further beatings which left her so terrified of him that she was unable to report him to the police at the time.

“Thankfully many years later she found the courage to come forward and stand up to him. He has shown no remorse throughout the investigation and trial, but today, as he begins this lengthy prison sentence, he must now face up to the consequences of the appalling offences he committed 20 years ago."

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