Pair responsible for rape of Northamptonshire man in his home jailed for 24 years

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Two men who “worked as a team” to rape a man in his Northamptonshire home have been jailed for a combined total of more than 24 years.

Gary Gardner, aged 26, and Gavin Lane, aged 24, subjected a Kettering man to a prolonged sexual assault after they pinned him down in his home in July 2013.

Northampton Crown Court heard the victim had a knife held to his throat and then he was held on a bed by Lane while Gardner then sexually assaulted him and raped him.

Mark Van Der Swart, prosecuting, said the two men “worked as a team” to carry out the rape.

He said: “The victim was banging on a wall to try and get his neighbour’s attention. He thought he was going to be killed.”

Mr Van Der Swart said the pair then stole the victim’s bank card after demanding the PIN number.

A victim impact statement read to the court stated that the man was suffering from depression and had been left deeply traumatised by the rape.

It stated the rape was the “first thing he thought about when he woke up and then the last thing he thought of before he went to sleep”.

Lane. of Market Hill, Rothwell, was found guilty of charges of assisting a rape and a sexual assault and two counts of robbery after a trial earlier this year.

The second robbery charge relates to the theft of cannabis from the victim’s flatmate.

Gardner, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to rape, sexual assault and robbery.

Judge Lynn Tayton said Gardner was a risk to the public and sentenced him to 11 years and three months in prison, with an extra-five year licence period.

Judge Tayton said Gardner must serve at least two thirds of his sentence before he is considered for parole.

Lane was sentenced to 13 years in prison and he will serve half before being considered for parole.