Rape victim briefly woke up and ‘felt a man’s arms around her and thought it was her boyfriend’ Boyfriend awoke to find the rapist still in bed next to them and chased him out the flat before calling police. Cat burglar sexually assaulted three women in one night after creeping over roofs to break into houses
Rapist: Travis Gotting was branded ‘unpredictable and volatile’ by a judge after sexually assaulting three women
A cat burglar sexually assaulted three young women in a night of terror after creeping along rooftops to break into their homes, a court heard.
Travis Gotting, 20, broke into two different student houses where he sexually assaulted the young women and stole items from around their apartments.
Reading Crown Court heard he even started having sex with one of the women as she lay sleeping with her boyfriend lying next to her in bed before the couple awoke and chased him from their home.
Gotting was yesterday told by a judge that he was ‘unpredictable and volatile’ and will serve a minimum of four years in prison for the public’s protection before he can be considered for release.
The court was told Gotting, from Shinfield, Reading, who admitted burglary, rape and sexual assault, had been seen clambering over the rooftops of homes in an area popular with students studying at Reading University.
He then climbed into one flat through an unsecured window and sneaked into the second floor bedroom of a 20-year-old student as she slept following a heavy night out.
Jailed: Travis Gotting, 20, was imprisoned for a minimum of four years by Judge Stephen John at Reading Crown Court
Prosecutor Sandra Beck said:
‘She became aware of someone saying to her “hello baby”. [[[ *** bwah haha . . . ooo I can’t resist . . . – lemme repeat the script from – Mortal Kombat I (1995) *** ]]]
Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) : Wheres’s Kano?
Kano (Trevor Goddard d.2003) : Uh, hurr durr, Hello baby . . . did you miss me?”
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She had gone to bed alone. ‘She felt hands upon her, she felt the person touch her under her pyjamas.’
The startled victim woke up and ordered Gotting out of her room. Gotting then crept into the room of her 20-year-old flatmate, who lay asleep in bed with her boyfriend.
Miss Beck added: ‘She awoke and felt a man’s arms around her and thought it was her boyfriend.
‘She was half asleep and thought no more of it.
‘She had a recollection of having sex from behind and at some point she fully woke up and her recollection was that there was a stranger between them.
‘Gotting got up and said something about being in “Dave’s house”. Her boyfriend chased him out and called the police.’
Gotting escaped with a number of items stolen from the property, in Earley Road, Reading, and half an hour later struck at another home just 100 yards away in nearby Donnington Road.
He then entered a room where two sisters were sleeping and when one awoke he told her that the landlord had given him permission for him to stay.
But when the 21-year-old woman bent down to get him a sleeping bag, Gotting touched her bottom, so the sisters ordered him to leave.
After he’d left they noticed items were missing – including cash, an iPod and a mobile phone.
Miss Beck said both women from the first house targeted by Gotting no longer felt safe in their own homes.
The first of Gotting’s victims had been so traumatised by her ordeal that she had abandoned her studies altogether and moved back in with her parents.
In a statement read to the court, she said: ‘I could no longer continue living in Reading. I had to quit university, all the effort that I put into my degree has been abandoned.’
The second victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: ‘I am paranoid about open windows, I suffer from anxiety and I am constantly on edge.’
Judge Stephen John said Gotting displayed a ‘limited understanding’ of his sexual offending.
He told him: ‘You are unable to explain your motivation for the serious and repeated sexual offending behaviour, your victims being vulnerable and unknown females.
‘You were not deterred by being confronted by your victims when they woke up, going on to commit further offences.’
Judge John jailed Gotting for a minimum of four years – and he will not be released until he can prove he is no longer a risk to the public.
He said: ‘This is the minimum period you must serve before you can even be considered for release.
‘It may be much longer, and it will be unless you can prove you are not a danger to the public.
‘Unless you can do so you may never be released.’
FOUR YEARS?!!! castrate then hang him
– YUMMY MUMMY , KENT, 20/1/2012 14:58
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Looks like a photograph of the Royal Berks hospital to me. Clearly hospital food is the latest thing in criminal deterence.
– Baz, Shropshire, 20/1/2012 14:58
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Our judges would seem to prefer to keep US in fear in our homes – justifying more represssive laws etc – than deal with crime by actually putting the criminals in jail for periods that reflect the seriousness of their crimes.
– Eric Murphy, London, UK, 20/1/2012 14:57
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Bizarre sentence. Judge must be sober on the job
– zakhaj, rhyl, 20/1/2012 14:51
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FOUR YEARS?!!! Four flaming years for Rape, Burglary and Sexual Assault? What in the name of God do you have to do to get punished properly in this country? My sympathy to the poor girls who’s lives and personalities are now completely changed thanks to this scum.
– Sharron, Yorkshire, 20/1/2012 14:49
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Pearl, Brighton: “For all the outraged commentators – this offender has been given an Indeterminate sentence – to serve no less than 4 years. He cannot be released before the 4 years is up and *then* only if he can demonstrate his risk to the public is significantly reduced” – Yes we understand that, thank you. the point is not that he was given an indeterminate sentence, but that he should have got at least 20 years before being considered for release. It’s not about risk, it’s about punishment. Should be, anyway.
– David Bourke, Rochester, Kent., 20/1/2012 14:49
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4 yrs ? he should have got 30 yrs !!!! sack the judge !!
– robert, stockport, 20/1/2012 14:48
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4 years FOUR YEARS !!! castrate then hang him evil scum he will do it again definitely. scumbags like these deserve the death sentence
– YUMMY MUMMY , KENT, 20/1/2012 14:48
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Will some one start a petition, TO BRING BACK THE BIRCH, This scum should have 20 lashes PLUS 4 years, the only way to stop them
– daleabb, Nottingham, 20/1/2012 14:48
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Should be flogged and castrated.
– Fang, uk, 20/1/2012 14:48
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Look at all the violent inequitable feminist suggestions. Whipping or flogging the women is not what the attacker did so why whip or flog the offender. Nor did the offender cut off the genitals of these women, so how could the above women be so vicious as to suggest castration? Whats this FGM nonsense? (Little wonder Nigeria . . . )
I say determine if that rapist is not someone who enjoys anal sex first (if he does get something he doesn’t want to rape him by – there must be something even a rapist hates) get some feminists to put on dildos and do the same rape with the 3 victims as an audience to help collect their dignity (if it can even help). This saves the taxpayer 4 years of paying for this guy’s prison costs. Eye for eye tooth for tooth, – so a rape for a rape and maybe repairs for anything broken during the break in.
Next sentencing! (BTW a Mortal Kombat ‘House’ or series where all characters are alive and well and friendly had better be set up with a pleasant script otherwise Kano will become as taboo a word as Voldemorte . . . Harry Potter the series didn’t work in any good measure against the astral/ethereal AT ALL IMHO- *TEP*!)