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Northampton man who raped woman in flat fails in appeal

A rapist who subjected a woman to an all-night ordeal after locking her in a flat has failed in an appeal against his indefinite jail sentence.

Nathan Lindquist, 36, of Harlestone Road, Northampton, was jailed at the town's crown court after being convicted of three counts of rape.

He was ordered to serve at least seven years before even being considered for parole, at the hearing in October 2010.

The Appeal Court rejected his lawyer's claim he had been treated too harshly.

Lindquist was put behind bars indefinitely for public protection (IPP) - a sentence which is almost identical to a life term.

'Sentence not excessive'

He asked Lord Justice Elias, Mr Justice MacKay and Mr Justice Hickinbottom, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, to overturn the IPP, or at least cut the minimum term.

The court heard that, during the attack in October 2009, Lindquist dragged his victim into a flat, locked all the doors and windows and kept her there all night, subjecting her to multiple rapes.

He also inflicted humiliating treatment, including making her dance while he mocked her.

His lawyers argued the courts had treated him too harshly and claimed he was not a dangerous offender.

But, rejecting those submissions, Mr Justice Hickinbottom said: "It is not arguable that a sentence of IPP was not warranted.

"There can be no doubt that the victim suffered a terrifying ordeal. He raped her repeatedly and she found these actions humiliating.

"This sentence was not manifestly excessive or wrong in principle and this application is refused."

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