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Soldier jailed for raping teenagers

A soldier who raped three teenagers and tried to abduct two schoolgirls has been jailed indefinitely.

Jonathan Haynes, 30, was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection and ordered to serve at least 11 years imprisonment - but was warned he may never be released.

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, described Haynes as a "clever and cunning predator" as he passed sentence.

Haynes was found guilty last month of six counts of rape, two of kidnap and two of attempting to kidnap following a three-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Judge Ford said the attacks on the two teenagers in Chippenham were carefully planned. "Again this offence was well planned and ruthlessly and efficiently executed," he told an expressionless Haynes. "You have raped three young women and in each case you subjected them to multiple indignities and the attack on each victim was sustained.

"You went to great lengths to eradicate your crimes and you greatly damaged your victims. You have expressed no remorse at all for your offending and you still deny you were responsible for the offences. There is nothing that can be said in mitigation save that you are a man of previously good character.

"I have considered whether you are a dangerous offender and pose a risk to the public from further specified offences. The manner of your offending leads me to the conclusion that you remain an extreme and continuing danger to young women. You are undoubtedly a clever and cunning predator. You still do not accept culpability for what you have done."

The predator meticulously planned his attacks for weeks as he prowled the streets of Chippenham, Wiltshire, late at night looking for young victims. Haynes raped the girls after abducting them from the streets of the town and also attacked a University of Glamorgan first-year student after breaking into halls of residence.

The Royal Logistic Corps lance corporal, who was based at Buckley Barracks, Hullavington, near Chippenham, also tried to snatch two 14-year-old girls from a country lane.

Haynes, of Saxon Street, Northampton, pleaded not guilty to all the charges. He denied all the attacks, claiming the final one was consensual sex.

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