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Restraining order bans man from visiting Suffolk after his release from 10-year rape prison term

PUBLISHED: 15:43 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 07 November 2017

Trevor Robertson was found guilty of rape at Ipswich Crown Court in 2013. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Trevor Robertson was found guilty of rape at Ipswich Crown Court in 2013. Picture: SIMON PARKER

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A man who held a woman prisoner in his Suffolk home and raped her has been banned by a judge from returning to the county following his release from a 10 year prison sentence.

Trevor Robertson lured the woman to his home at Combs, near Stowmarket, on the pretext of taking her to the theatre.

During his trial in 2013 Ipswich Crown Court heard that when she got there he tied her hands to the posts of his bed and held a large hunting knife to her throat.

During her ordeal Robertson threatened to kill her and also threatened to inject her with a syringe of clear liquid which he claimed was a date-rape drug that would paralyse her if she did not co-operate.

He also told the woman he was going to make her watch him kill himself and had raped her.

The woman was so scared that she was sick twice and had eventually managed to escape after saying she needed to use the bathroom.

Robertson, 53, denied falsely imprisoning the woman, making a threat to kill her and two offences of rape in November 2012 but was found guilty after a trial.

He admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to get the victim not to give evidence and possessing cannabis and cocaine.

Jailing him for 10 years in July 2013, Recorder Anesta Weekes made a restraining order banning Robertson from contacting the victim indefinitely.

Robertson was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Sentencing him, the judge said she had no doubt his victim would be mentally scarred for life by her “truly appalling ordeal”.

Yesterday (Tuesday) Richard Kelly, prosecuting, said Robertson had been released from a 10 year prison sentence last week.

He requested that the indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the victim should be varied to prevent Robertson visiting Suffolk where she now lived.

Judge John Devaux agreed to vary the restraining order but suggested that Robertson, who is living in Surrey, should seek legal advice and contact the court if he wanted to apply for it to be amended.

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