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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 December 2006, 15:01 GMT
'Sexual predator' jailed for life
Richard Ewing (from Dorset Police)
Richard Ewing was described by police as "extremely dangerous"
A convicted serial rapist who was out on licence after serving 10 years in prison, has been sentenced to life for raping a teenage girl.

Richard Ewing, aged 41, originally from Devon, pleaded guilty to five charges over the attack on the 17-year-old in fields in Weymouth, Dorset, on 22 July.

He was convicted of two counts of rape, attempted rape, kidnapping and sexual assault at Dorchester Crown Court.

Ewing was sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of nine years.

Judge John Beashel said: "This is not a nine-year prison sentence. It is a life sentence. "It potentially is a sentence that could lead to you remaining in prison for the rest of your life.

"Your victim was a virgin aged 17 years. She is of slight build. You are a powerful and fit man.

"You have demonstrated all too clearly that no matter the restrictions placed on you outside of prison you will find a way to obtain sexual gratification by attacking women.

"You are a very dangerous sexual predator."

'Demon inside'

More than 100 police officers took part in a national search for Ewing after the attack in the summer.

He was found three days later by an off-duty chief superintendent near Bournemouth. Following his arrest, Ewing told police he had a "demon inside" him.

He said: "Even though I knew it was wrong, I'm wasting the rest of my life, but I still couldn't do anything about it."

He added: "Whoever it was has had his wicked way and left me to deal with it."

Previous convictions

In 1995, Ewing was convicted at Exeter Crown Court of raping a mother-of-three in 1989, attacking a woman in 1993 and raping a woman as she walked her dog along the River Exe in Devon in the same year.

He received an 18-year sentence for rape but was released from prison on his mandatory non-parole date in December 2005.

Ewing had been staying in "approved" accommodation in Westway Road, Weymouth, at the time of the attack in July and was subject to a curfew and electronic tagging.

Martin Meeke QC, prosecuting, told Dorchester Crown Court the probation service could not have done any more in terms of supervising Ewing.

"There was no discretion in the Home Office or the Parole Board as to his release. He was entitled to be released," he said.

Ewing has been ordered to reregister as a sex offender.

Review to be held into how Richard Ewing was monitored in the community

Serial rapist admits sex attack
07 Dec 06 |  Dorset

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