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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A man who was found guilty of three counts of rape has been jailed for 16 years after a judge said there was a “significant risk” he would commit serious harm when he was released.
Arunas Kersys, 36, appeared at Norwich Crown Court to be sentenced yesterday after previously being found guilty of three counts of rape – two on one victim in August 2012 and one count on another in March this year – following a trial in October.
Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, said these were category one offences, “rapes on multiple victims” with “violence a serious aggravating feature” and said it attracted a starting point of 15 years’ imprisonment.
Mr Shaw said Kersys has had 10 previous appearances before the court for a total of 15 offences with a significant proportion of those involving serious violence against women.
Will Carter, mitigating, said it was inevitable the offence would attract a sentence of more than 10 years but in addressing the judge about points of mitigation asked him to bear in mind that the defendant is “a long way from home”.
Mr Carter said Kersys became “unusually very upset” during the trial on hearing his mother had become very ill and seriously regrets he would not be able to give her the assistance expected of a son.
Sentencing Kersys, of Hillington Square, King’s Lynn, to a 16-year sentence with an extended five-year licence following his release, Judge Nicholas Coleman said: “You have a number of previous convictions for offences of violence with women. You appear to be violent and uncontrolled when your emotions are aroused and when in drink.”
He added: “In my judgment there is a significant risk that you would commit offences of serious harm when released.”
He imposed an extended sentence of imprisonment and recommended that at the end of his sentence Kersys should be deported.
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