Whitstable Man jailed for rape and false imprisonment
Threats, violent assaults and rape were just some of the acts endured by two women held hostage at a property in Whitstable.
Their attacker, Anthony Hutchings, 27, of Lucerne Drive in Seasalter, has been jailed for 16 years.
Hutchings refused to let the women, who were known to him, leave a property in Whitstable on Saturday 22 July 2017 following a dispute. He repeatedly kicked and punched both the women and held a machete to one of their throats. He then handed one of them a kitchen knife and forced her to stab the other woman in the leg before also hitting her across the face with a saw.
His actions left them both with injuries that required hospital treatment but refused to let them leave the property for more than two hours.
The woman who was stabbed eventually managed to leave but Hutchings subjected the other victim to further violence and abuse and forced her to swallow medication that wasn’t hers. He also raped her and assaulted her with a hammer.
Tracked down in another county
Hutchings was reported to Kent Police but when officers arrived at the house to arrest him he wasn’t there. He had taken a car that didn’t belong to him and left the county. He was tracked down in Northamptonshire three days later after officers located the vehicle he was driving in Wimbledon Street. This is where he was arrested on Wednesday 26 July 2017.
Hutchings was found guilty of three counts of rape, two counts of false imprisonment, encouraging an offence, sexual assault, taking a vehicle without authority and breaching a suspended sentence. He had also pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and perverting the course of justice.
He was convicted following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday 7 December 2017, then sentenced at the same court on Thursday 8 February 2018. He will serve an additional four years on licence upon his release.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Heather Moore said: ‘Hutchings is a violent man who put his victims through hours of misery and pain. He is clearly a danger to women and these aggressive outbursts are inexcusable.
‘This has been difficult for the victims who have endured a trial on top of their ordeal and I’m just pleased it has resulted in a lengthy prison sentence.’