Sex attacker's sentence reduced at Appeal Court

A man who was jailed indefinitely after filming himself sexually assaulting sleeping women has had his minimum prison term cut at the Court of Appeal.

Tim Faulkner, 25, of Little Lane, Ravensthorpe, Northamptonshire, attacked three women. The offences took place in Coventry and Northampton.

In October, he was jailed for at least six years at Coventry Crown Court.

Faulkner won a one-year cut in his minimum term, but failed in his bid to overturn the indefinite sentence.

Videos on computer

At Coventry Crown Court, he had admitted three sexual assaults. He was also convicted of rape.

Mr Justice Roderick Evans, sitting with Lord Justice Richards and Judge Nicholas Cooke QC, said the former Coventry University student would be able to apply for release after serving five years, but would only be freed if it was considered safe to do so.

Faulkner was caught when photographs and videos were found on his computer of sleeping women being abused.

One woman complained that she had woken to find him raping her. He claimed the sex was consensual, but was found guilty by the jury.

Mr Justice Roderick Evans said it was impossible to say when, if ever, Faulkner would be rehabilitated enough to safely be returned to the community.

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