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Violent rapist jailed for 'truly shocking' crimes
A RAPIST who assaulted a three-year-old and tried to rob an elderly man was told by a judge that his crimes had “no boundaries”.
Liam Pipkin, of Boundary Brook Road, Oxford, was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison yesterday in Oxford Crown Court.
The 23-year-old was convicted after a trial on two counts of rape and an assault, but he also admitted a burglary, an attempted robbery, a theft and an assault on a toddler.
Judge Patrick Eccles told Pipkin his crimes were “truly shocking” and added that he already had 19 other convictions for 33 crimes, including robbery and assault.
He added that in both the rape and attempted robbery “threats of violence” were used by the defendant to intimidate his victims.
Judge Eccles told Pipkin: “The range of your crimes is truly shocking and seems, to date, to have no boundaries.
“You offend against women, you offended against a young child, and you offended against an elderly man.
“You violated their autonomy and put them in fear.
“It is frankly difficult to believe with this criminal history that you are only 23 years old.”
Pipkin carried out the rapes against a woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – at an Oxford property between June 1 and September 6 last year. During a trial his victim, who was also assaulted and had her mobile phone stolen, told a jury that she was so scared she had “no choice but to let him do it”.
On February 12 this year Pipkin talked his way into a sheltered accommodation block in Iffley Road where 83-year-old Norman Evers lived.
He threatened the pensioner, who refused to hand over any money, but returned to his property on March 14 and stole £380 after breaking in.
John Simmons, defending, said the offences against Mr Evers were driven by Pipkin’s lack of money and drug use and that he was “deeply sorry” about what had happened.
He added that the bruises which he caused to his three-year-old victim had been the result of “rough play”.
Regarding the rapes, Mr Simmons said: “He has accepted responsibility for the offences, he will accept the victim’s account and has expressed guilt and remorse.”
He added: “This unfortunately seems to be a case where we look into a defendant’s background and we can see a repeated cycle of domestic violence in his young home, being put into care and so on.
“Everyone is damaged by that sort of upbringing, it is their reaction to it that brings them before the court or not.”
Pipkin will spend the rest of his life on the sex offenders’ register and was told to pay £120 victims’ surcharge.
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