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Rapist Donald Smith - formerly of Maidstone - jailed again after raping woman while on licence from prison

10 December 2013
by Julia Roberts
Donald Smith, jailed after raping a woman while on licence for another rape

Donald Smith, jailed after raping a woman while on licence for another rape

A convicted rapist who subjected a woman to a brutal sex attack while on licence from prison is back behind bars.
 
Donald Smith, 44, who was described as "devious and manipulative", raped his victim at knifepoint, telling her he was going to give her "all he had got".
 
Maidstone Crown Court heard that during the woman's ordeal he also threatened to break her arm and gouge out her eyes.
 
At the time of the attack in December last year, Smith was on licence from prison for offences of rape and buggery.
 
He had been jailed in 2006 for 10 years with an extended licence period of 18 months.
 
The court heard that while in prison Smith underwent a sex offender treatment programme, and a second once he had been released.
 
At the latest hearing he was given another extended determinate sentence with a jail term of 10 years and three months, and an extended licence period of five years.
 
Judge Charles Macdonald QC told Smith, formerly from Maidstone, that he would have to serve at least two-thirds of the prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
 
He will sign on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.
 
Dunfermline-born Smith admitted two offences of rape, one of assault by penetration and one of making threats to kill.
 
Prosecutor Edward Lewis told the court the victim "suffered a nightmare" at Smith's hands.
 
"He was clearly a devious and manipulative man who at the time was one moment beside himself with rage and another, tearful and sorry for himself."
 
Maidstone Crown Court

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

 
During the attack Smith grabbed the woman by her neck, held a knife to her face and threatened to break her arm, all the while ignoring her protestations.
 
He also put his fist to her face, while using the other to hold her by her throat, and threatened to kill her
 
"She couldn't breathe or talk or push him off," continued Mr Lewis. "He was holding her so hard that she nearly passed out. He was beside himself with rage."
 
The woman was also forced to perform sex acts on herself and Smith.
 
"Then he raped her, saying he was going to give her all he had got," added the prosecutor. "Throughout this she prayed for it to come to an end."
 
At one point the woman cried in pain as Smith forced her arm behind her back. But he told her: "Go on, scream. I will gouge your eyes out."
 
Smith then raped her for a second time.
 
She suffered bruises to her forehead, arms and throat, as well as bite marks to her neck.
 
Smith was arrested the following day in his car near East Grinstead. A knife was on the front passenger seat and he claimed to have taken an overdose.
 
"He was clearly a devious and manipulative man who at the time was one moment beside himself with rage and another, tearful and sorry for himself" - prosecutor Edward Lewis
During his interview he denied rape but later pleaded guilty to all the charges on the day his trial was due to start.
 
Sentencing Smith, who stood impassively in the dock, Judge Macdonald told him he had "flown into a rage" and committed a sustained assault.
 
Referring to the victim's impact statement, the judge added that the woman continues to suffer the psychological affects of her ordeal.
 
"She was terrified of you and your bewildering changes of mood."
 
Judge Macdonald said there was no mitigation on Smith's behalf, other than "slight" remorse.
 
Alexia Zimbler, defending, said Smith fully accepted he behaved in an "absolutely abhorrent" way.

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