September 2018

‘He’s given me a life sentence’

A violent Carlisle rapist whose victim described him as “manipulative, barbaric and evil” has been jailed for 12 years.

The city’s crown court yesterday heard sickening details of how 24-year-old Luke Thompson subjected his victim to a humiliating and prolonged ordeal of kidnap and rape after forcing her into a Carlisle flat.

He also subjected her to further repeated rapes.

The defendant, who is homeless, denied the allegations but was convicted after a trial.

He did, however, admit a string of offences involving hundreds of indecent images of children, as well as having prohibited and extreme pornography.

Kim Whittlestone, prosecuting, described how the kidnap and rape offences happened in March, 2015, when Thompson grabbed his victim from behind, pulling her by her scarf, and forcing her into a flat in Carlisle.

Inside, he began behaving erratically, smoking cigarettes and stubbing them out on himself. “She was scared of what he would do next,” said Miss Whittlestone. Later, he used a broken CD box to cut himself, and told her: “Look, I am bleeding for you.”

He laughed as he did this, and then calmed down, saying he was sorry. Thompson refused to let her go.

He brutally raped her as she begged for him to stop, the court heard. Thompson also subjected the woman to further multiple rapes.

The court was then told how, when police arrested the defendant, officers found he had numerous indecent images on his laptop – including 399 which were classified as the most serious category A.

In her impact statement, Thompson’s victim said: “Manipulative, barbaric, and evil are three of the words I would use to describe Luke Thompson… I don’t think there are enough words in the English language to describe the impact that he has had, and no doubt will have on the rest of my life.”

Later she added: “I don’t think that any prison sentence could ever punish him as much as he has punished me. No matter what, he’s given me a life sentence because I am never going to forget what he has done.”

Defence barrister David Traynor said the defendant had a history of mental health problems. “He is a man who is not mature,” said the barrister, adding that Thompson was willing to engage with the authorities to tackle his problems.

The lawyer also referred to a background report which suggested the defendant was now better able to control his emotions.

Passing sentence, Recorder Mark Ainsworth described the victim’s impact statement as eloquent, and told Thompson: “The impact you had on that young woman will be felt by her for many years to come.”

As well as the 12 year jail term, he said Thompson will have his name on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life. The judge also imposed an indefinite restraining order, banning Thompson from ever contacting his victim.

July 2018

Convicted Carlisle rapist admits additional charges

A man awaiting sentence for kidnapping and raping a woman in Carlisle has now also admitted a string of indecent image crimes.

Luke Thompson, 24, went on trial at the city’s crown court earlier this year.

Despite his denials, Thompson was convicted of raping and kidnapping a woman in Carlisle. He was cleared of two further rape allegations and one alleged sexual assault; and further acquitted of allegedly using controlling and coercive behaviour towards a second woman.

Thompson, now of no fixed address but previously of Cant Crescent, Carlisle, was remanded in custody while he awaited sentence.

But he was brought back to the crown court this week. And, during a brief hearing, he admitted making 836 indecent photographs of children – 215 of which were still and moving images classed in category A, the most serious. He further admitted the possession of 52 extreme pornographic images, and possessing 203 prohibited images of children.

Thompson remains in custody and is due to be sentenced at the crown court for all of his offending on September 8. Recorder Julie Clemitson told him: “You already understand you must prepare for what must inevitably be a substantial custodial sentence.”