Man Who Subjected Two Littleport Women To A Sustained and Humilating Attack Faces Jail

PUBLISHED: 18:18 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 04 May 2010

A MAN who subjected two women to a sustained, sadistic and deliberately humiliating attack is facing a lengthy spell behind bars, a court has heard. Prosecutor Gemma Lindfield told Cambridge Crown Court last week how Martin Abbs, of Hazelwood Close, Cam

A MAN who subjected two women to a 'sustained, sadistic and deliberately humiliating' attack is facing a lengthy spell behind bars, a court has heard.

Prosecutor Gemma Lindfield told Cambridge Crown Court last week how Martin Abbs, of Hazelwood Close, Cambridge, assaulted and raped two women in a 'terrifying' attack at a house in Littleport in November 2008.

The 31 year-old, who pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and one count of attempted rape at a hearing in June, despite claiming that he couldn't remember the crimes, had forced his way into the house along with 27 year-old Gary Smith of Hills Road, Cambridge and a 17 year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court was told how the trio had broken into the house armed with a knuckle duster, a screwdriver and a knife, looking for revenge following the alleged theft of a motorcycle believed to belong to one of the men.

While Smith and the 17 year-old remained on the bottom floor of the house, Abbs forced the women into a bedroom upstairs where he repeatedly raped and assaulted them.

The trio, one of whom entered the house in a harrowing 'scream' mask from the eponymous film series, then all exited the property where Abbs continued his attack on the women before leaving the scene with Smith.

Mitigating for Abbs, Alistair Malcolm said: "Earlier that day Mr Abbs had been drinking moderately but he reported feeling different after one particular drink which he was later told had been tampered with when he went out of the room.

"This type of attack is completely out of character for Mr Abbs and if he had not have drunk that drink; these offences would not have been committed."

Presiding over the case, Judge Jonathan Haworth spoke of the 'dreadful' and 'horrific' nature of the attack but said that he was unwilling to pass sentence on Abbs until he had a full report from a forensic psychiatrist.

A report into Abbs' mental state is expected to take between five and six weeks to be compiled. He will remain on remand until then.

Having admitted one count of aggravated burglary and one count of ABH at a previous hearing, Smith was sentenced to four years in prison, two of which he will serve as a minimum. The 17 year-old who pleaded guilty to the same charge, was given a 12-month detention and training order.


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