August 2009

Man is jailed for multiple rapes

A man described by a judge as a “seriously dangerous” rapist has been given an indeterminate jail sentence.

Martin Abbs, 31, of Hazelwood Close, Cambridge, and two other men broke into a property in Littleport, and raped a woman and a 15-year-old girl.

The gang, who were armed with knuckle-dusters, were all wearing masks including a copy of the disguise worn by murderers in the film Scream.

Abbs had admitted four counts of rape at an earlier hearing.

Judge Jonathan Howarth said Abbs was a “seriously dangerous” offender, and told him he would not be considered for parole for at least six years.

He stressed that Abbs would not be released until he could prove he was no longer a danger to others.

The court heard a forensic psychiatrist had carried out a report on Abbs and said his violent behaviour showed no sign of abating.

The court heard the victims were forced upstairs where they were raped by Abbs.

They were then taken from the property and marched to a grassy area nearby where they were raped again by Abbs.

It was said the attack had been planned for several days before it happened.

Abbs’ accomplices Gary Smith, 27, of Carlton Way, Cambridge, and a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were sentenced in June after pleading guilty to counts of aggravated burglary and assault occasioning actual bodily harm

Smith was given four years in prison for the aggravated burglary and nine months for the assault, to run concurrently.

The youth was ordered to complete a two-year training and detention order.