Knifepoint rapist jailed for six years

A VIOLENT brute who smashed a friend's wife around the head with a chair before raping her at knifepoint has been jailed for six years.

David Haimes, aged 28 - who has previous convictions for battery, affray, harassment, and indecently assaulting a little boy - had been on a 15-hour drinking binge when he set about the woman while her husband was out.

The woman said Haimes "went berserk" after reading a text message from his ex-girlfriend.

An hour later he "flipped" again before launching into the prolonged attack at a house in Sheffield.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court: "He struck her three or four times with a wooden dining chair, hitting her on the head. "He punched and slapped her face and around the head, before going into the kitchen and collecting a six-inch serrated bread knife.

"He threatened her with the knife and held it to her neck, telling her, 'I can do anything to you now I have got this'.

"At one point he told her someone was coming in a car to bury her."

Ms Gallagher said Haimes ordered the woman to undress and lie on the floor where he raped her. She added: "She was so frightened she did what he told her to do."

Afterwards he collected another knife from the kitchen and followed the woman into a bedroom where she had escaped to get dressed.

Ms Gallagher said: "He came towards her, waving the two knives, and she received a puncture wound to the right side of her chest. "She didn't feel the injury being caused and did not realise she had been stabbed until she saw the blood."

Haimes fled the property and the woman called for an ambulance, which rushed her to the Northern General Hospital.

He was not arrested until three days after the attack in April, when he turned up at the woman's house and smashed two windows. He then called the police himself and admitted the physical assault and the criminal damage - but denied any sexual contact had taken place.

He later pleaded guilty to one count of rape, one count of malicious wounding, and one count of criminal damage.

Haimes, of no fixed address, has previous convictions from 2008 for affray - when he and seven others smashed windows at a property - and battery when he assaulted a 40-year-old man.

He has also previously been cautioned for indecent assault against a young boy when he was 16, and for harassing his ex-girlfriend last December.

Dermot Hughes, defending, said Haimes had been drinking heavily both the day and night before the attack, and was a different person when sober.

He added Haimes was truly remorseful for his actions, and said: "The horror of what happened that day is not lost on him."

Judge Annabel Carr QC jailed Haimes for five years for the rape, another year for the wounding, and gave no separate penalty for the criminal damage.

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