October 2017

Prisoner let out of jail raped woman in her home

A sex offender who raped a woman while on short-term release from prison has been jailed for 16 years.

When he was approaching his release date from a five-year sentence for wounding with intent, the prison authorities allowed Simon Marshall short spells of freedom, said Andrew Horton, prosecuting.

But during his time outside, he went to a woman’s home, dragged her up to her bedroom and raped her.

Mr Horton said she had told police: “I never wanted sex with him. I used to say no but he wasn’t bothered. He got what he wanted.”

The woman broke down as she told York Crown Court in a victim personal statement of the “hell”, depression and sense of worthlessness she had suffered through Marshall’s crimes.

York Crown Court heard earlier this year that Marshall had sex with several different women.

Marshall has also served a six-and-a-half year sentence imposed in 2006 for attempting to rape and indecently assaulting a teenage girl.

Jailing him for 16 years, Recorder Patrick Palmer said: “Throughout, you have expressed no remorse, not only for these offences, but for any of your past offences, and have always sought to justify your offending.”

Marshall, 49, formerly of York and now of no fixed address, denied three charges of raping the woman but was convicted by a jury earlier this year.

He is currently serving a nine-year sentence for an unconnected aggravated burglary.