A “manipulative, bullying and controlling” ex-soldier who subjected a teenage girl to rape has been jailed for 13 years.
Alan Fawcett, 63, was unanimously convicted of four sample rape allegations after a retrial at Northampton Crown Court.
The Leeds United super fan, who served 22 years in the Army including tours of Northern Ireland, denied the charges.
Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, said: “In a nutshell, the prosecution say this defendant raped her and did so on a number of occasions.
“For his part, he denies there was sexual activity between the two of them during that time and it will be for you, the jury, to decide, where the truth can be found.”
The victim, who cannot be named, told the jury she was regularly subjected to rapes on numerous occasions.
A jury failed to reach conclusive verdicts in April yet he was convicted of four rapes between over a period of three years after a five-day trial.
Fawcett, of Wildern Lane, Collingtree, was jailed for 13 years.
Recorder Nicholas Syfret QC said: “The evidence I have heard shows you were a manipulative, bullying and controlling man and it became apparent to me during the course of the trial that what developed in you was, in effect, an obsession with her. It was not in any sense true love. Had it been, you would never have subjected her to the rapes that you did,
“Manipulative, controlling, obsessional. You exercised your power over her by threats, and loss of temper in such a way she was not able to break away.”