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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Schizophrenic who repeatedly raped prostitute facing years in secure unit

A man who repeatedly raped a prostitute in a nine-and-a-half hour ordeal has been told it will be years before he is safe to be freed.

Paranoid schizophrenic David Roderick, 35, of Carlisle, paid for the 22-year-old to stay for one hour with him in Newcastle’s Royal Station Hotel but he tied her up and held her prisoner while he subjected her to a terrifying series of sexual attacks.

Recorder Ben Nolan said Roderick was a “very dangerous man” and imposed a hospital order meaning he will be treated for his mental illness and will only be released when a panel considers it is safe.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Roderick booked a room in the city centre hotel, then hired the escort to stay with him for an hour on New Year's Day at a cost of £120.

Almost immediately she felt uncomfortable and tried to get out of the arrangement, offering to give him his money back.

But Roderick locked the door, overpowered her, hid her mobile phone then tied her up.

Roderick admitted four counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one of false imprisonment.

Roderick, from Chestnut Hill, was examined by two psychiatrists who determined he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time but his condition had improved enough for him to be fit to enter pleas.

As a result of the hospital order he will continue to be treated at Stockton Hall in York, described as a “medium secure unit”, the court heard.

The judge said an application for Roderick to be discharged would only be made “years from now at a time when everyone is satisfied that you are no longer dangerous”.

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