Grays rapist sentenced

A judge has jailed a rapist after subjecting his victim to years of abuse.

Blaine Norton, 38, of Falcon Avenue, Grays, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and an additional two-and-a-half years on licence at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday October 12.

He was convicted of rape, ABH, and false imprisonment at the same court on June 9.

He will also be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Over a period of several years, Norton subjected the victim to violence, culminating in him raping her in January 2017.

On that occasion he forced himself on the victim despite her repeatedly urging him to stop and clearly stating she did not wish to have sex with him.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Clark said: “I want to praise the bravery demonstrated by the victim in this case.

“Blaine Norton subjected her to a horrendous ordeal and she has shown great courage coming forward and reporting to us what he had put her through.”

Support is there for anyone affected by rape and sexual abuse, and no victim or survivor is alone. Synergy Essex provides specialist support for victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse of all ages and all genders across Essex, Thurrock and Southend.

Synergy Essex is a partnership of rape and sexual abuse centres in Essex: CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse), SERICC Rape and Sexual Abuse Specialist Service and Southend-on-Sea Rape Crisis (SOS Rape Crisis). Synergy Essex is independent from the police and provides support for victims and survivors throughout their journey.

Victims and survivors can self-refer, or be referred by a parent, partner, friend or professional and can access specialist emotional support, counselling and advocacy. For victims and survivors who report to the police, Synergy Essex provides an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) service, providing support throughout the criminal justice process.

For more information visit the Synergy Essex website: https://synergyessex.org.uk/