Violent rapist Peter Watton jailed for 24 years

A violent criminal who abducted and repeatedly raped a female jogger just two days after he was released from prison has been jailed for 24 years.

Peter Watton, who lived in Crewe before being jailed in 2009 for kidnap and robbery, lay in wait for his victim on Duke’s Drive in Chester before dragging her into the bushes and raping her eight times during the nightmare ordeal.

He threatened her with a knife, forced her to perform sexual acts on him and led her to the banks of the River Dee, where she feared she was going to die.

Watton, 37, was sentenced at Chester Crown Court today (Friday) and was told he will serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.

He was found guilty of raping and abducting the woman following a harrowing five-day trial last month.

His 44-year-old victim – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – was jogging with her dog when she was ambushed by Watton, who was on licence after being released half-way though his six-year prison sentence.

She was led to three different secluded parts of the woodland, where she was tied-up and raped over a nine-hour period.

She tried to build a rapport with him in the hope he would spare her life.

He constantly said he would let her go if she performed sexual acts, when it got dark, or when he was dead after saying he wanted to take a drug overdose as he couldn’t live with himself for what he had done to her.

But as darkness closed in she believed he was never going to let her go, and as he committed the final sex act against her, she pulled his trousers around his ankles and ran for her life, scaling fences with her dog in a final bid to get to safety.

He was very intent on getting me down to the river, she said during a police interview played in the trial, describing the final scene of her terrifying abduction in broad daylight at 3pm on June 14 last year.

I thought he was going to whack me over the head, stab me with the knife and throw me in the river. I thought I would be found floating towards Chester. I didn’t want to die that way.

Watton was charged with eight counts of rape, two counts of assault by penetration, one count of possession of a bladed article and one count of false imprisonment.

He threatened his victim with a knife, saying he had been watching her for two weeks, knew where she lived and threatened her family.

Watton, who was also sentenced to six years in prison in 1999 for the attempted kidnapping of a lone female driver in Crewe, strenuously denied abducting and raping the female jogger throughout the trial, saying sex had been consensual.

A nationwide manhunt was launched after Watton went on the run from police.

He was arrested five days later after an off duty special constable spotted him on the railway tracks and chased him.

He was eventually arrested on the A483 near Rossett after walking out on to the road.

See more here:
Violent rapist Peter Watton jailed for 24 years

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*