Man Jailed For Horsham Graveyard Rapes
10:34am 17th February 2017
(Updated 2:17pm 17th February 2017)
A man has been sentenced to 11 years' in prison for raping two women he knew in a Horsham graveyard.
Jordan Tobutt, 23, unemployed, of Church Road, Copthorne has been sentenced after a trial last year.
A jury found him guilty on 19 October last year, after a trial, of raping a 35-year-old woman in April 2016, and of raping a 26-year-old woman between 2013 and 2014.
The offences took place in a graveyard off Denne Road in Horsham.
He was found not guilty of another charge of rape of the first woman, and of two other charges of rape and attempted rape in relation to the second woman. He was found not guilty of raping a third woman at an address in West Sussex.
Tobutt will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to vulnerable people.
In sentencing Tobutt, Judge Janet Waddicor said: "You are manipulative and devious. Your methods are not sophisticated but they don't need to be. The people you exploit are extremely vulnerable."
The Judge also praised Sussex Police for a thorough and exhaustive investigation, and emphasised the importance of specialist support for vulnerable victims.
Detective Constable Dani Flude of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: "This was a particularly sensitive investigation as both the offender and his victims have learning difficulties, but it was clear that he was much less vulnerable than them."
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