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Man who sexually assaulted four women in three-hour crime spree jailed

Jake Killick, 23, targeted women on their way to work in Norwich.

A man who raped one woman and sexually assaulted three others on a three-hour crime spree has been sentenced to life in prison and must serve 11 years before he is considered for release.

Jake Killick, 23, also committed three street robberies before he was detained by police at Norwich train station on March 30 last year.

He was found guilty following an earlier trial at Norwich Crown Court of six counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, one of assault by penetration, false imprisonment, committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence and three counts of robbery.

Killick, of no fixed address but previously of Thetford, Norfolk, committed all of the offences between 4.30am and 7.38am around Norwich city centre.

Police had received a report of a woman, who was on her way to get the first train to London for work, being sexually assaulted at 4.35am.

A second woman, who was a virgin and was also on her way to work, reported she had been assaulted and raped multiple times shortly after 6am.

Judge Stephen Holt said Killick “dragged her down one of the alleyways and told her you would murder her if she screamed out or tried to get away. You then raped her.”

He said Killick marched the woman to a second location where he raped her again, and the victim’s “30 or 40 minutes of hell” ended only when a local in a nearby property “had the courage to open her door” and remonstrated with him.

A third woman reported being sexually assaulted at 6.50am and a fourth woman reported being grabbed and assaulted in an underpass at 7am.

Three robberies followed, with a man mugged of his phone at 7.16am, an unknown person seen on CCTV having their phone stolen at Norwich bus station at 7.25am then a final call from a man robbed of his wallet at 7.35am.

Police tracked down Killick and arrested him at Norwich train station at 8.15am.

Killick was also found guilty of breaching a restraining order.

Judge Stephen Holt, sentencing, told Killick: “You pose a high risk of serious harm to the public.”

He described the offences as “a campaign of rape and sexual assaults and robberies on the streets of Norwich as residents were going to work early in the morning, going about their business”.

Matthew McNiff, mitigating, said Killick has a “very low IQ” and is a “deeply sad and fairly damaged young man”.

Some of Killick’s victims sat in the public gallery for the sentencing hearing.

Killick, who appeared by video link from HMP Belmarsh, showed no reaction as his sentence was read out.

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