Crime

Hackney serial rapist jailed at Blackfriars Crown Court

Blackfriars Crown Court in the City of London. Image: Google Street View

Blackfriars Crown Court in the City of London. Image: Google Street View

A serial rapist convicted of attacking his three victims in his home has been given a life sentence with recommendation he serves at least 12 and a half years.

34 year old Duwayne Shaun Henry, from Elvin House, Morning Lane in Hackney, had been found guilty after a three-week long trial.

Police say he selected victims who worked in the sex industry and were therefore less likely to go to the police.

His last victim was able to escape because a ‘good samaritan’ hearing her screams burst into the premises and freed her.

He’s never been traced despite a police appeal.

The jury heard his victims were subjected to threats and violence.

The last was confronted by a circular saw and hedge trimmer- one of which was plugged into an electrical socket.

He told her ‘I’m invisible, I’m the Ripper.’

Duwayne Shaun Henry- a custody photograph- jailed for life with recommendation he serves 12 and a half years. Image: Met Police

Duwayne Shaun Henry- a custody photograph- jailed for life with recommendation he serves 12 and a half years. Image: Met Police

Detective Inspector Tony Lynes said:

Duwayne Henry is an evil individual and I am pleased that justice has been done today. Henry’s attacks were thoroughly planned; he controlled the environment where the attacks took place, avoiding the risk of being disturbed.

Luckily he did not take into account the courage of his victims or the tenacity of the detectives investigating this case and I am pleased that today he can look forward to a substantial prison sentence.

The crimes Henry has been convicted of today are appalling but I can’t be certain that there aren’t more victims out there.

I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to any woman who thinks they may have been a victim of his to come forward to police or to Crimestoppers.

Judge H H J Hillen told  Henry in sentencing:

You are a serial rapist. The terror you instilled in your victims, by use of weapons and words used and restraints do not bear imagining.

Your crimes are at the highest end of wickedness and are disturbing for the public. You present a danger to women and present a significant risk of serious harm to the public.

These were premeditated attacks on vulnerable victims. You targeted them, lured them to your home, made threats and used weapons to terrorise your victims.

You were forensically aware and attempted to dispose of or conceal evidence.

The judge commended the investigation team and officers in the case.

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