Former Brandon man found guilty of raping teen he gained ‘complete control’ over

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A former Brandon man has been convicted of raping a teenager he was said to have groomed for sex and gained ‘complete control over’.

Peter Rubens,62, had discouraged the girl from having boyfriends and had attempted to control her by buying presents for her, Richard Burrington, prosecuting, told Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday.

Rubens, formerly of Elizabeth Road, Brandon, had pleaded not guilty to six offences of rape, three offences of sexual activity with a child and attempting to pervert the course of justice but was convicted by the jury.

He had previously pleaded guilty to one offence of sexual activity with the girl between June 2008 and June 2010 and was found not guilty of a charge of indecent assault.

Mr Burrington told the court that Rubens, whose address was given in court as Norwich Prison, was arrested in June after the victim had confided in a friend about what had taken place. When interviewsed by police, Rubens had denied doing anything wrong.

Rubens claimed that the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had made up the allegations but could not explain why, the court heard.

In a series of letters written after his arrest, Rubens had attempted to persuade his sister to get the girl to withdraw the allegations, said Mr Burrington. Rubens had also threatened the girl, saying he would get her into trouble for benefit fraud if she gave evidence against him.

After the jury returned the guilty verdicts, Judge Martyn Levett told Rubens that he would be remanded in custody until he returns to the same court to be sentenced on January 29.

Judge Levett ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report and warned Rubens that all sentencing options remained open to the court.