A rapist who attacked a woman as she slept and then again as she woke offered her money afterwards to get a taxi home.
Haydn Bingham “brought nothing but misery” on his victim and has shown “absolutely no remorse”, a judge told him as he was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
As reported by CoventryLive, Bingham was sentenced just before Christmas for the attack which happened at a New Year’s Eve party at a Coventry house nine years ago.
Bingham had denied a charge of rape, but was found guilty following a trial at Warwick Crown Court’s Nightingale court. As well as being jailed he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
During the trial the jury heard that the offences took place after both Bingham and his victim, a young woman in her early 20s, attended a New Year’s Eve party at the end of 2012.
Towards the end of the party the woman had gone upstairs to lie down, and had fallen asleep.
In the early hours of New Year’s Day some people had left and the others who were remaining, with the exception of Bingham, went to join neighbours who were also celebrating.
The 58-year-old then went upstairs into the room where the young woman was sleeping and began undressing her.
She woke and made it clear she wanted nothing to do with him before he raped her.
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Bingham then offered her money for a taxi when she was leaving the house.
The woman did not tell anyone at the time what he had done, but confided in her partner in 2018.
Police were then contacted and Bingham was arrested where he went on to deny the offences.
At the resumed hearing Gary Venturi, prosecuting, read a statement in which the victim said that ‘much of her mental landscape is taken up with flashbacks to what happened.’
It has dominated all aspects of her life for the past eight years, and has had an impact on her mental health and on her relationship with her partner.
Andrew Tucker, defending, said Bingham suffers from health conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and high blood pressure, and is on ten medications a day.
“He is a man in very fragile health,” commented Mr Tucker, who said Bingham lives with his parents, aged 92 and 88, and a custodial sentence will have a serious effect on them.
He said Bingham’s father is the carer for his mother, and will struggle to cope without his assistance.
“My plea on his behalf is for a sentence towards the lower end of the range, so he can be released at a time when he is still capable of providing assistance for those two elderly people.”
Of the offence itself, Mr Tucker said: “The fact that this was committed, on the jury’s view, under the influence of alcohol is an aggravating feature.
“But it was opportunistic. It happened when a chance event occurred, which was the absence of people from the house in which a New Year celebration had taken place, as a result of which he was alone in the house with her.
“On the jury’s verdict, he took advantage of the situation. It was not one he had planned or engineered an any way,” he added.
‘No evidence of remorse and no guilty plea’
Jailing Bingham, Judge Anthony Potter told him: “You were convicted of raping [the woman] back in January 2013 when you were 49 years of age.
“By the time of the offence you had met her on a number of occasions. I am quite satisfied you knew she was living on her own, with little family support.
“New Year is a time of new starts – but by your actions you brought nothing but misery to her at the start of 2013. That is misery that has continued for the eight years since then.
“I am quite satisfied you identified that she had taken drink and that she was upstairs alone in the house.
“You targeted a sleeping young woman, and when she woke as you were undressing her and indecently assaulting her, she made it plain she wanted nothing to do with you.”
The judge went on to say Bingham ignored his victim’s plea before raping her.
“You showed, and have shown, absolutely no remorse. There is absolutely no evidence of remorse and no guilty plea,” he added.