Rapist lured girl to his flat and attacked her
A MAN who lured a teenage girl to his home before violently raping her has been jailed for almost ten years.
Leroy Hall, 56, convinced the girl, who was aged 17 or 18 at the time, to come to his flat in a taxi to help him move before locking the door and subjecting her to the horrifying attack in 1997.
He denied the rape but was found guilty after an eight-day trial at Bristol Crown Court last month.
Jailing Hall, of Belmont Street, Easton, for a total on nine and a half years Judge Mark Horton told him: "You are a dangerous predatory sex offender who has shown no remorse, contrition or indeed understanding about the tragic and enormous harm that you have caused to this woman.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
"The trauma she suffered laid a dark cloud over most of her life.
"You observed her over a period and on the day in question you seized your opportunity to lure her into your flat so that once inside you could lock the door, prevent her from leaving and sexually attacked and raped her.
"It is quite plain from her victim impact statement and from observing her during the trial that her experience has had a major effect on her wellbeing throughout her life.
"In short you caused untold catastrophic damage to that girl when you raped her. I find you were extremely manipulative, predatory and planned the offence. You took her in that taxi and you had already obtained drugs that you smoked that day. You were violent to her in your sexual approach from the outset. The fact that you locked the door and detained her would have terrified her as it will have caused her to wonder whether she would ever escape."
Hall will be on the sex offender's register for the rest of his life and is subject to an order preventing him from working with children.
The court heard that in June 2002 he raped another woman in his flat leading to a prison sentence from which he was released in 2007.
On that occasion he had offered a distressed woman the chance to use his phone but once inside his property, where there was no phone, he had raped her.
Giles Nelson, prosecuting, had told the court that the offence had clearly had a "devastating effect" on the woman involved.
David Hughes, defending, said the historic nature of the offence meant Hall could not be considered under imprisonment for public protection - where he could potentially have been imprisoned for the rest of his life.
He highlighted that Hall had been released in 2007 from his last conviction for rape and there had been no further incident but conceded his client would receive no credit for plea and had expressed no remorse.