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Rapist who attacked woman while 'high on drugs' jailed

JAILED: Curtis Benson

A ‘DANGEROUS’ rapist has been jailed for nine years after he attacked a woman while 'high on drink and drugs'. 

The court heard that Curtis Benson, who pleaded guilty to the offence, 
forced his way into the Hackney home of the 35-year-old woman that he knew and demanded she had sex with him. When the victim refused he became violent, ‘grabbing her hair and ripping off her clothing’.

Shortly after the incident Benson fled the scene and sent the victim a number of text messages threatening to harm her if she contacted police.

Following the launch of an investigation into the attack, Benson eventually handed himself in to police after being made aware that there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Detective Sergeant Ross Morrell said: "This is an excellent example of the continuous hard work and dedication of Operation Sapphire officers in bringing a dangerous offender to justice in just over two months from the date of the offence.” 

"I would like to pay tribute to the victim who was incredibly brave in reporting this rape to police. Benson is a dangerous man who subjected her to a sustained and violent attack.”

“She suffered a terrible ordeal that has impacted on her day-to-day life but she had the courage to come forward and report this to police which in turn has allowed her to access support agencies and services that are now helping her return her life to normal,” he added. 

"Rape is a difficult offence to report and investigate and I hope that the bravery of this woman gives confidence to other victims of rape and sexual violence to come forward and report their ordeal to the police, no matter how unusual or different the circumstances are.”

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