Dangerous Man Jailed for 17 Years After Subjecting Two Women to Terrifying Ordeals

Tuesday 20 April, 2021

A dangerous man who subjected two women to terrifying ordeals has been jailed for 17 years.

James Paul, 35, from Keighley appeared at court to be sentenced on nine counts.

In December, he was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court for five counts of rape, kidnap, false imprisonment and two assaults.

Paul attacked two women between 2016 and 2019, subjected them to multiple rapes and assaults.

On 6 October 2019, Paul was hiding in some bushes outside one of his victim’s place of work and jumped out and held a knife to her back. He forced the victim to walk to his address and forced her inside the property.

The incident was caught on CCTV outside where he was loitering in the bushes, which was later seized by police to assist with their investigation.

The female victim came forward to police and reported the incident in October and police began to investigate and subsequently arrested Paul. Another victim then came forward to report earlier offences of rape.

Today (20 April 2021) Paul appeared at Bradford Crown Court and handed down a 17-year prison sentence by a judge and a seven-year extended licence.

A lifetime restraining order was also granted by the judge for him and the women. 

Detective Constable Julia Coates, of Bradford Safeguarding Unit, said: “This man is incredibly dangerous and subjected two women to horrific ordeals leaving them in fear of their lives.

“They found the bravery and strength to come forward to the police and report his crimes and allowed us to investigate and ultimately take a dangerous man off the streets.”

PC Sarah Coyle, of Bradford Safeguarding Unit, added: “We are pleased that the sentence handed down to Paul today reflects his horrendous crimes and he has been brought to justice for his behaviour.

“His victims showed incredible strength and courage throughout the process and at court. We hope that the court result will enable them to move forward from their ordeals with the comfort he is in prison.”

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