June 2016

Brazen serial rapist who targeted sleeping and drunk women jailed for 16 years


Serial rapist Alexander Ord has been jailed for 16 years for a catalogue of shocking sex attacks on sleeping and intoxicated females including a 15-year-old schoolgirl

Ord subjected two women and a schoolgirl to vile attacks while they were asleep and held down and raped a fourth victim in her own home.

A court heard one of the women was lying next to her daughter when she was raped while Ord laughed at another victim when she woke to find him on top of her as she slept next to her partner.

Now the 24-year-old, of New Hartley, Northumberland, has been locked up at Newcastle Crown Court after a jury convicted him of three rapes and a sexual assault, spanning three years.

A 42-year-old mum went to her daughter’s house along with others last April. Ord was not invited but turned up anyway.

The woman became heavily intoxicated and was helped upstairs and put to bed in her daughter’s room.

At the end of the night everyone left but then Ord crept back in.

Rupert Doswell, prosecuting, said: “The complainant woke up and felt someone on top of her.

“She was in and out of consciousness at the time.

“The following morning she was aware of her daughter lying next to her in bed. The defendant had gone.

“The complainant had been raped while her daughter was in bed next to her.

“The defendant had returned after leaving, let himself in, took off his shoes and went upstairs. He had one intention going into that house that night.”

Outlining the impact on her and her family, the victim said: “I’ve lost two-and- a-half stone and didn’t work for two months.

“My eldest daughter is struggling immensely, has taken several overdoses and has self harmed while my son had had weekly counselling sessions and has been significantly affected.

“My daughter couldn’t cope with the thought of her mother being raped beside her in bed as she slept.

“I just pray in time, with help, she can get back on track and not let him ruin the rest of her life.

“In a way I’m glad it was me he raped because if I had not stayed it might have been my daughter.

“I’m proud of myself and the other victims. We should walk with our heads held high and sleep well at night, knowing he can’t hurt anyone else in the immediate future.”

Another woman, 28, had been socialising at a house with her partner and others, including Ord, in 2012.

She went to bed with her boyfriend but was shocked to find Ord on top of her when she woke up.

Mr Doswell said: “She fell asleep and woke to find the defendant having intercourse with her.

“He was pretending to be (her partner) at the time but when she realised her partner was next to her, she pushed him off.

“The defendant moved down the bed and left, laughing.

“The following day he let himself into the complainant’s home and lay in wait for her and she went in and found him lying on her bed and he also tried to make further contact on Facebook.”

The woman said in a statement to the court that the ordeal left her suffering panic attacks and anxiety.

She added: “This was solely down to what he put me through.

“He dragged me through a lengthy court case.

“His actions have had a massive impact on my life.”

A 15-year-old schoolgirl was at a house party in 2013 and ended up going for a lie down upstairs after drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

Mr Doswell said: “She quickly fell into a deep sleep and woke to find Ord on top of her and her onesie had been untied.”

She said in a statement: “The memory of that night will creep up and I hit rock bottom again.

“I began to self harm and took overdoses.

“When he was convicted I cried because I was so happy he had to face up to the torture he put me through.”

Ord ended up at the home of a 22-year-old mum after a night out in 2014.

After some consensual kissing, he forced himself on her, ignoring her pleas for him to stop, holding her down by the shoulders and raping her.

She said: “I’ve been significantly emotionally affected and get flashbacks and nightmares about what happened.

“This happened in my own home where I previously felt safe and secure. I have not been able to go back there as I couldn’t face it because of the trauma of what happened to me there.”

Ord, of Seaburn View, New Hartley, Northumberland, was convicted after a trial of three counts of rape on the three women and one of sexually assaulting the girl.

He was jailed for 16 years with an extended licence until 2036 and must sign the sex offenders register and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Deborah Sherwin told him: “You deliberately targeted women who were either under the influence of alcohol or who were asleep.

“In all cases the victims were particularly vulnerable, being affected by drink or asleep on some cases, and in places where they were entitled to feel safe.”