Double rapist jailed for life
16 Mar 2018 15:00 PM[View Full Size]
Craig Thomas Greaves, 29, has today (Friday) been jailed for life with a minimum of ten years after being convicted by a jury in February of raping two women.
Last summer, Greaves forced his way into a woman’s home in Gateshead and physically assaulted her.
He refused to allow the woman to escape and threatened her with a kitchen knife before she eventually managed to flee to safety.
Greaves was arrested and later released under investigation but three weeks later he attacked a woman he had never met at the party in Northumberland.
The sick predator followed the woman into the toilets of the venue before raping her in one of the cubicles.
Greaves was disturbed by the victim's partner who had become concerned about where she had gone and the rapist was subsequently arrested.
As part of that investigation, the woman from the incident in Gateshead came forward stating Greaves had raped her in a separate incident.
He denied being responsible for any of the offences but was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault, one count of false imprisonment and two counts of common assault.
Greaves denied all the charges against him but was convicted by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court in February.
Now, a judge has sent him to prison for life with a minimum term of ten years although Greaves had already served some of his term on remand.
Acting Detective Inspector Jason Hazell led the investigation into Greaves’ offences and says he deserves to spend a significant amount of time behind bars.
He said: "Greaves is a cruel, twisted individual who showed no remorse for his actions and put his two victims through the ordeal of a trial.
"He used violence and intimidation to force these women to do what he wanted and had the arrogance to think that he could get away with his crimes.
"If anyone else out there have found themselves victims of a rape and do not think anything will be done then please look at this sentence today. We will believe you and we will offer all the specialist support you need."
Detective Constable Iain Grant, who worked closely with the victims in this case, said: "The two victims have shown great bravery to give evidence and re-live the horrendous events they went through in order to see Craig Greaves put behind bars.
"I cannot praise them enough and I hope this sentence brings them some form of justice, even if it does not take back what happened to them.
"One of the women in these cases was too terrified to report the initial rape to police. As part of the subsequent investigation, I cannot commend her enough for finding that courage within herself to tell police what had happened.”