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Child rapist Glen Lewis jailed for 16 years

A man has been jailed for 16 years for repeatedly raping a girl who was as young as eight at the first time of the attack.

Glen Lewis, 55, of Hackney, east London, attacked the victim between 1989 and 1991.

He was found guilty of five counts of rape and one of indecency with a child after a trial. He had denied the charges at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Judge David Radford said it was an "utterly disgraceful" crime.

Lewis was sentenced to a total of 16 years for rape, and he will also serve an 18-month sentence for indecency which will run concurrently.

Life 'blighted'

Judge Radford said: "They were simply offences committed to satisfy your own lust.

"They were utterly disgraceful and had the most serious consequences on the victim."

Lewis remained a potential danger to any woman or young person, the judge added, making him the subject of a sexual offences prevention order. He will be on the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life.

He also has a previous conviction for manslaughter.

Shauna Ritchie, for the prosecution, read a summary of the victim's personal statement, which described "how the abuse she suffered as a child has had a profound effect on her".

The victim said she has suffered from depression and the attacks had affected her relationship with men.

"This is something that she feels has blighted all of her life," the lawyer said.

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