January 26 2015 Latest news:
Friday, June 20, 2014
A Norwich man has been sentenced to eight years and seven months in prison after he admitted raping a 22-year-old who passed out on his sofa.
Phillip Marrison was like an “uncle figure” to the victim, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.
Claire Matthews, prosecuting, said the 65-year-old often had young people round to his flat to drink, play cards and play on a computer, and on the occasion in question, between January 1 and May 1, 2009, the victim had gone round to clean for him and they shared a bottle of whisky.
Miss Matthews said the woman woke up to find him on top of her, using his weight to hold her hands by her sides.
She said: “She describes trying to tell him ‘no’, but her voice was not working. She was frozen but shaking her head from side to side.”
The court heard how afterwards, the 22-year-old went to a friend’s house and told them what had happened, but did not go to the police as she did not think anyone would believe her.
Miss Matthews said the victim never returned to the flat, except to break the windows in an attempt to get Marrison to move out of the area. She said it was only when the woman bumped into Marrison in the street years later, when she was with her child, that she realised as a mother she was still traumatised but now felt equipped to contact the police.
Andrew Thompson, defending, said his client refuted the claims he had been like an uncle to the victim.
He said Marrison was a chronic alcoholic at the time, and this also led to an attempted arson and assault which happened in 2011, and for which Marrison was already serving time.
Judge Stephen Holt, honorary recorder of Norwich, said Marrison’s age, poor health and previous offences had been taken into consideration, as had his guilty plea and concerns he had refused to engage in any of the programmes in custody.
He said the victim had described the devastating impact this had had on her and added: “She does say she’s very grateful for the fact you pleaded guilty and saved her the horror of having to come and give evidence in court.”