Knowl Hill rapist loses sentence appealBy Court reporter
March 18, 2013
A sex beast jailed for subjecting a woman to 36 hours of hell - repeatedly raping her, handcuffing her to a bed and forcing her to swear a recorded oath not to leave - has failed to win a cut in his sentence.
Reynold Leon Reid, 49, of Kitchens Bath Road, Knowl Hill, near Maidenhead was jailed indefinitely for public protection - which is almost identical to a life sentence - after he was convicted of five counts of rape and false imprisonment in February, 2010.
Dangerous Reid was ordered to serve a minimum of six and a half years before his release would even be considered when he was jailed at Reading Crown Court.
Top judges at London's Court of Appeal today rejected a challenge by Reid against his open-ended sentence - from which he may never be released - saying his victim's "shocking" ordeal warranted the tough punishment.
Mr Justice Keith said unrepentant Reid first raped the woman despite protestations she could not have sex after a recent medical procedure.
He then held his victim for two days at his flat, raping her again and again before handcuffing her to his bed for two hours.
"He only released her after he had filmed her with his mobile phone promising not to leave," the judge added.
Mr Justice Keith said Reid's victim did not want to have sex with him but "feared for her safety" after he had twice slapped her with the back of his hand.
After he was arrested, Reid denied any sexual misconduct, saying the encounters and the handcuffing were consensual, but he admitted twice striking the woman.
A pre-sentence report showed Reid had long-term problems with drink and drugs - he admitted using cannabis in his teenage years, speed in his 20s, heroin in his 30s and cocaine and crack cocaine in his 40s, the appeal judge added.
Mr Justice Keith, sitting with Lady Justice Hallett and Judge Christopher Moss QC, said Reid repeatedly refused to be examined by a psychiatrist to support claims that he did not pose a future risk of seriously harming the public.
On appeal, Reid's barrrister, Richard Thomas, argued the judge wrongly imposed an open-ended sentence after incorrectly branding him dangerous without a proper psychiatric report.
Mr Thomas also said the length of Reid's minimum term failed to take account of his positive good character and placed too much weight on the seriousness of the offences.
But Mr Justice Keith said it was open to the judge to consider Reid dangerous.
Also rejecting the appeal against Reid's minimum term, the judge concluded: "It goes without saying that what the victim went through in the 36 hours or so was truly a shocking experience for her.
"To say nothing of the circumstances of the first rape which took place following a procedure which made even consensual sexual intercourse completely inappropriate.
"The aggravating features involved in the subsequent rapes, not the least of which was the use of handcuffs, mean we do not think the minimum term was too long for the ordeal which he put this woman through.
"For all these reasons, the appeal has been dismissed."