‘High risk’ offender jailed for life for Norwich crime spree

PUBLISHED: 20:06 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 17 March 2018

Jake Killick. Photo Norfolk Constabulary.

Jake Killick. Photo Norfolk Constabulary.

A “high risk” offender who carried out sex attacks on four women and robbed three men in a four-hour crime spree has been jailed for life.

Jake Killick being arrested at Norwich Train Station. PIC: Chris LakeyJake Killick being arrested at Norwich Train Station. PIC: Chris Lakey

Jake Killick, 23, marauded around Norwich city centre carrying out sex attacks and robberies in the early hours of March last year.

Killick appeared for sentence after he was convicted at Norwich Crown Court of six rapes, three robberies, sexual assault and false imprisonment with intent to commit a sexual offence on March 30.

Norfolk police said they had never seen such a series of crimes, so serious in nature, committed in such a short space of time – and pledged that his victims would get all the help they needed.

The court heard Killick grabbed one woman and sexually assaulted her in Riverside Road at about 4.35am.

Jake Killick being arrested at Norwich Train Station. PIC: Chris LakeyJake Killick being arrested at Norwich Train Station. PIC: Chris Lakey

His next target was a woman walking along Chapelfield Gardens, who he pulled into an alleyway and raped. He then forced her to go to Ten Bell Court in Norwich where he repeatedly raped her.

He sexually assaulted another woman before grabbing a 16-year-old in St Stephen’s underpass, although she managed to escape.

He then carried out three robberies before finally being arrested at Norwich railway station four hours later.

Sentencing Killick, who appeared via video link from Belmarsh Prison, Judge Stephen Holt told him: “You pose a very high risk of serious harm to the public.”

He ordered that Killick must serve a minimum of 11 years before he is considered for release and said: “You carried out a campaign of rape, of sex assaults and robbery on the streets of Norwich as residents were going to work early in the morning setting about their day-to-day business.”

He said that CCTV in the city had played an important part in the investigation, which had helped track Killick’s crime spree.

Matthew McNiff, for Killick – who is from Thetford but was homeless at the time of the spree – said the offender was a “deeply sad and damaged individual”.

He said: “I hope he has not 
done irreparable damage to those he assaulted.”

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