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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Man jailed by Carlisle court for sex assault and attempted rape

A 26-year-old man has been jailed for six years after sexually abusing and attacking a pregnant woman.

Jonathon David Robinson, of Harriston, Aspatria, was guilty of “absolutely outrageous” behaviour, a judge said, after hearing how he attacked the woman in a bathroom, striking her six times and threatening to kill her if she told anyone, as she wept and begged him to stop.

Robinson, who had been drinking, was “obscenely and sexually abusive to her,” said Judge Peter Hughes QC.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how he assaulted her, pushed her and pulled her pyjamas down before making sexually explicit remarks.

She fell to the ground and he went downstairs, the court heard, and she managed to get her phone, call 999 and whisper for help.

Defence barrister Steve McNally said Robinson was under stress and had been drinking when the attack happened in September 2011.

“He handled it badly,” he said. “It was completely out of character. His references show a placid and easy going character.”

Mr McNally said Robinson, who was convicted of sexual assault and assault causing actual bodily harm following a trial last year, had been treated by a GP for depression at the time.

He admitted attempted rape – which the jury had been unable to reach a decision on – before a retrial was due to take place.

Judge Hughes told him it was a “shocking incident which took place over a significant period of time.”

He said Robinson had originally shown no remorse for the incident and, in a probation interview in January, said the woman’s account was “a pack of lies.”

He said he had difficulty reconciling that with a letter handed to the court expressing remorse.

Speaking after the case, DC Mark Cox said the victim had shown ‘incredible courage’ and was an ‘inspiration to many.’

“This has been a drawn-out process for her,” he said. “ She endured a traumatic attack and was still able to find the courage to speak to the police about what she had been through. The support she obtained from police officers and the team at Rape Crisis enable her to see justice being given today.

“Anyone who has been the victim of a violent incident, is encouraged to report it to the police.

“We have specialist trained officers who can help and provide support to help bring these people to justice.”

Robinson was also ordered to be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

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