Rapist told victim: ‘I’m possessed...’

Preston Crown Court

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A RAPIST broke down after he attacked a woman and told his victim he was “possessed by a demon”.

Preston Crown Court heard how Brandon Jackson had ignored the woman’s pleas for him to stop the violent attack.

Brandon Jackson

Brandon Jackson

She later confided to a friend what had happened after watching a rape scene in a TV programme last year, the judge was told.

Jackson, of Clayton Crescent, South Shore, had denied two charges of rape but was found guilty by a jury following trial.

The 24-year-old had admitted separate offences of attempted robbery, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having an offensive weapon in connection with an incident where a man was repeatedly hit with a hammer in his own flat.

He was handed a jail term which includes four years for the attempted robbery.

Kath Johnson, prosecuting, said the rapes occurred after Jackson and the woman had a kiss and a cuddle, but she refused sex. He then forced himself on her.

Miss Johnson added: “She continually screamed and shouted, hoping it would attract the attention of others. She was repeatedly punched to the face, resulting in extensive bruising to her face and eyes.”

A second rape followed and again she was screaming to try and get him to desist. Jackson produced a knife, pointing it at her afterwards.

Miss Johnson added: “He began to cry and said he was possessed by a demon.

“She was watching a TV programme with a friend last year and it featured a rape scene which caused distress to her. This resulted in her confiding to a friend what had happened.”

The defendant was arrested, but denied having forced her to have sex with him.

Julie Taylor, defending, said the knife was produced following one of the rapes. There was no doubt he was facing a substantial prison sentence.

The barrister said “He is going to co-operate with the authorities and seek all the assistance he can.”

Jackson was described as a “damaged individual” who had a violent upbringing and suffered from a personality disorder.

In passing sentence, Judge Philip Sycamore said of the rape victim: “It is clear the impact upon her has been considerable. She had to undergo the traumatic experience of giving evidence in a trial.”

The judge said both a psychiatrist and a probation officer were of the view that Jackson posed a significant risk of serious causing serious harm to the public.

He was jailed for 13 years, with an additional six years extended licence.

The defendant will remain on the sex offenders register for life and be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for an indefinite period.

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