December 2018

Rapist’s sentence slashed as he’s not a ‘dangerous offender’

A rapist with an alter-ego which makes him do ‘bad things’ he cannot control is not dangerous, top judges ruled as they cut his sentence.

Jack Greenwood was in the grip of his alternative personality – called ‘Leon’ – when he attacked his 18-year-old victim in Sandhurst in December 2015.

Acting in a ‘bizarre robotic fashion’, he told the teenager before raping her, “Leon makes me do bad things I cannot control”.

Greenwood, 28, of Bristow Road, Camberley, Surrey, was locked up for six years at Reading Crown Court in April after being convicted of rape.

Condemned as a dangerous offender, he was also ordered to serve an extra four years on licence after his release at the sentencing at the court in Reading, Berkshire.

He was ‘intoxicated’ at the time of the attack in Sandhurst and was later diagnosed as having a borderline personality disorder.

At London’s Appeal Court, his barrister, Ed Butler, insisted that Greenwood was wrongly labelled a dangerous offender.

And Mrs Justice Andrews agreed the finding of dangerousness had been based on a flawed probation report.

“We have to take into account the most recent information available to us,” said the judge, who was sitting with two others.

A more recent report ‘suggests he is not someone who poses a significant risk’ to the public, she added.

There was therefore ‘no justification’ for imposing an extended sentence on Greenwood, the judge concluded.

The ruling on Friday, December 14 means Greenwood now has a standard six-year sentence, with no extended licence period.

Rather than having to serve at least four years behind bars, he will now qualify for automatic release after serving three.