A MAN who raped two women, one repeatedly when she was just a schoolgirl, has been jailed for life.
Stuart Greener, a 54-year-old builder, of The Oaks, in Wattisfield, denied carrying out the assaults between 1994 and 2003.
On Wednesday, at Ipswich Crown Court, a jury returned guilty verdicts for nine charges of rape and three of indecent assault.
He was found not guilty of a further indecent assault charge.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, first fell victim to Greener - who has already served a five-year prison term after being convicted in 1996 of the rape and indecent assault of a 16-year-old girl - when she was primary school age.
The abuse lasted for eight years.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, the girl told of the lasting effects of the abuse she had suffered.
She said: “My self worth has been next to nothing.”
The girl said she had become a virtual recluse after she fell victim to Greener’s attentions and had been too frightened to report him until many years later when she confided in her mother.
“He kept me in a constant state of fear,” she said.
Giving evidence, Greener denied having ever acted inappropriately towards the girl and told the jury that prosecution claims he had plied her with alcohol and drugs in order to make her more compliant were entirely untrue.
Sentencing Greener to life imprisonment, of which he must serve a minimum 10 years before being eligible for parole, Judge John Devaux described him as ‘a dangerous man’ and ordered him to sign the Sexual Offences Register for life.
Judge Devaux said the 404 days already spent in custody awaiting trial would be deducted from Greener’s sentence.
Detective Inspector David Rutterford, of Suffolk Police, said: “I commend the bravery of the victims in speaking out and I hope this case gives more people the courage to report sexual offences to us.
“All reports of rape or sexual assault received by Suffolk Constabulary are investigated thoroughly, no matter how long ago the offences happened, and we will continue to work hard to ensure justice is done and sex offenders cannot hide behind the passing of time.”