Double rapist who laughed at his victim and told her ‘I’ll do a Raoul Moat’ is jailed for 13 years

Richard Blewitt was jailed for 13 years.
Richard Blewitt was jailed for 13 years.

A double rapist who laughed at his victim has been jailed for 13 years.

Richard Blewitt attacked the woman after watching pornography on his mobile phone, Teesside Crown Court heard.

When the victim said she would call the police, Blewitt told her he would ‘do a Raoul Moat’ if she did.

A jury heard Blewitt raped the woman twice in Hartlepool.

“He had been watching pornography on his smart phone,” said Sarah Mallett, prosecuting.

“Blewitt laughed at her and told her she was lucky he hadn’t carried out another sex act upon her.

“When she later said she would call the police, Blewitt threatened to ‘do a Raoul Moat’ if she did.”

Blewitt, 30, denied two charges of rape.

He claimed the sex was consensual.

The jury convicted him of both charges after a trial last month. Jim Withyman, defending, said in mitigation: “I don’t seek to go behind the verdict of the jury, but it is right to say Mr Blewitt maintains his denial of the offences.

“He is man who has worked and is looking for work again.

“His family and friends have supported him throughout this case, and they still do.”

Judge Sean Morris jailed Blewitt for 13 years.

The judge told him: “You were convicted by a jury of two offences of rape of a woman.

“I have to take into account the principle of totality when determining the appropriate sentence.”

The investigating officer, 
Detective Constable Roz Rice, said: “I am pleased with the sentence which has 
been handed to Richard Blewitt.

“The victim in this case has gone through a traumatic ordeal.

“I must praise her strength and bravery, which remained throughout the investigation and subsequent court case.

“Now that justice has been served, I hope that the victim can move forward with her life.”

Blewitt, formerly of Runciman Road, Hartlepool, but more recently of Ladybank, Mill Hill, Sunderland, must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.