Pair jailed for brutal rape of a teenager
TWO rapists have been jailed for a total of almost 20 years for brutally raping a teenager they accused of stealing.
Elizabeth Seagrove, 40, from Thorney Lane North in Iver was sentenced to 10 years and six months for rape and Matthew Costello, 31, formerly of Manor Park, Slough, was sentenced to nine years for rape.
Seagrove also received a two year jail sentence for drug offences which is to run concurrently. They both pleaded not guilty to all charges,
The couple were sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court yesterday (6/8), will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
The rape happened when the 18-year-old victim was staying with the offenders in Thorney Lane North on October 30 last year.
Seagrove discovered money had gone missing from the address in the early hours and blamed the victim for the theft. She slapped the victim then arranged for her boyfriend, Costello, to rape her.
At 3.30am the couple drove the victim around for an hour looking for somewhere isolated. At a fly tipping site at Bottrells Lane, Amersham, Seagrove held the victim down by her hair, putting a scarf in her mouth to stop her screaming. Costello then raped her.
Investigating officer, Det Con Ghulam Mourtaza said: "This was a brutal crime, terrifying this young woman. It was a vile punishment for a theft for which she was innocent.
"These sentences will hopefully bring the victim some closure and show that justice has been done and this kind of despicable behaviour will always be prosecuted."
This article appeared in Local Berkshire 07 Aug 12