Cheltenham: Rapist Daniel Hutchinson jailed for 12 years

Mugshot of Daniel Hutchinson
Hutchinson was sentenced to six years imprisonment for each count of rape, to run consecutively

A woman who brought her rapist before a judge said she did it "for all women".

Daniel Hutchinson, 31, of Cheltenham, was found guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault against women in 2021.

Hutchinson, who denied the offences and claimed what took place was consensual, was jailed for 12 years.

Speaking after his sentencing, one victim said she will have to undergo "years of emotional work" to recover from the trauma.

During the week-long trial at Cirencester Courthouse in February, the court heard how Hutchinson had met one of the women after a night out before raping her at his home.

The victim had pretended to be asleep, hoping Hutchinson would stop, the court heard.

He also raped and sexually assaulted another woman at his home on a separate occasion.

'Lack of remorse'

In a victim impact statement, one of the victims said she came forward to support the "women who have been silenced".

"I did this for all women and our collective pain body," she said.

"I did this for everyone, but most importantly, for once, I did it for me."

Her statement continued: "The lack of remorse, the lack of accountability and the lack of empathy shown by him makes me angry because of the years I have suffered."

The other victim described how she became depressed after Hutchinson raped her, and had made an attempt to end her life.

"What Daniel did to me will never go away and I will never forget what happened, but I am content in the knowledge that he will now have [to] pay for his actions," she said.

"I hope that he will learn and reflect about his behaviour towards women and learn not to take advantage of a female when she is so drunk that she cannot consent."

Hutchinson, of Alma Close, was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on 8 March. He was also put on the sex offenders' register for life.

Suzanna Butler, of the CPS South West rape and serious sexual offences unit, described Hutchinson as "a predatory and opportunistic sexual offender".

"The patience, courage and tenacity of the victims in supporting this prosecution has been key in the conviction," she added.

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