Predatory Corby rapist who sought vulnerable women to attack jailed
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A sexual predator who deliberately sought out vulnerable women has been jailed for 11 years for rape.
Obi Forgive, aged 28, met his 19-year-old victim in a Corby nightclub on New Year’s Eve, before leading her away and attacking her in Chapel Lane in the early hours of January 1.
At his sentencing hearing today, July 19, Northampton Crown Court heard Forgive was preoccupied with rape, having watched violent pornography before going out that night.
Sentencing, Recorder David Herbert QC said: “I’m satisfied that you went out and looked for females affected by alcohol who would be vulnerable to your advances.
“The victim would have been wholly unable to resist you and what you were doing to her.”
He said Forgive had caused the victim ‘profound’ physical and psychological harm, with his crime aggravated by its element of abduction, and prolonged nature - possibly lasting up to 50 minutes before Forgive left the scene - with another 90 minutes passing before she was able to seek help.
Forgive’s attempts at concealing evidence of his actions by changing his clothes before he returned to local clubs to look for other women, was also highlighted.
A pre-sentence report concluded that Forgive, of Methuen Road, Belvedere, London, posed a significant risk to women.
Recorder Herbert added: “You are a sexual predator with a particular interest in taking advantage of vulnerable, drunk or unconscious women.”
As a result, Forgive, who was convicted after a trial last month in which he showed no remorse, was given an extended sentence, imposed on those judged to be dangerous sexual or violent offenders.
He was ordered to serve 11 years in prison, and a further five on licence, and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Forgive, who was born in Nigeria and had overstayed his UK visa, will be deported upon his release.
Detective Inspector Tim Britton, of Kettering CID, said: “I welcome this sentence, which rightly reflects the serious and deeply worrying nature of Forgive’s predatory actions.
“The after-effects on the victim have been considerable and I commend her for her courage and dignity throughout the process of ensuring justice was done.
“I’d also like to thank the Corby community for their support during our investigation, in particular the information we received from a member of door staff who saw our witness appeal and acted on their concerns about Forgive’s behaviour, which helped ensure his arrest.
“I hope the outcome of this case affords some measure of justice and comfort to the victim, and it also reinforces the message that sexual violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Northamptonshire Police.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy themselves on a night out without fear of someone taking advantage, and this sentencing shows those who commit sexual violence will be pursued to the full extent of the law.”
At the request of the victim, Northamptonshire Police is not releasing Forgive’s custody image.