Rapist’s appeal fails – and sentence extended

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A ‘dangerous’ rapist who spent decades abusing victims for his ‘deranged sexual gratification’ fears he will die in prison after top judges confirmed his 22-year jail term.

Clive Roberts, 67, of Cleveleys Avenue) Cleveleys, Lancs, was put behind bars at Manchester Crown Court on May 5.

In our view, this was a severe sentence but in no way manifestly excessive

He pleaded guilty to a staggering 88 offences, including rape, attempted rape, sexual and indecent assault, drug spiking and voyeurism.

Roberts, formerly of Rochdale, was condemned as ‘dangerous’ and was ordered to serve an extra four years on licence after his release–- if he lives that long.

His crimes involved six victims and took place over several decades, Mr Justice Cranston told London’s Appeal Court.

Police found a large number of sick images on Roberts’ computer hard drive – showing his ‘comatose’ victims being raped and sexually abused.

His routine was to drug women with sleeping pills before abusing them, filming and photographing the assaults. He also used hidden cameras to record his victims.

The judge who jailed Roberts described him as ‘dreadful and wicked’.

His crimes were ‘harrowing and distressing’ for the victims, who he had treated as ‘sexual objects’ for his ‘deranged sexual gratification’.

At least three suffered ‘severe psychological harm’.

Hunter Gray, for Roberts, argued his jail term was far too tough and pointed out that he ‘might never be released, given his current age’.

But Mr Justice Cranston, sitting with Lord Justice McCombe and Mr Justice Kerr, said: “In our view, this was a severe sentence but in no way manifestly excessive.”