Evil rapist told woman she could choose to be raped, beaten or stabbed

A twisted sex attacker told his victim she could choose between being raped, beaten or stabbed to death during one of his sickening attacks.

Daniel Yule, from Middlesbrough, offered his terrified victim a choice of three symbolic items – a ring, a hammer or a knife.

These represented the options of being beaten by a hammer, stabbed to death with the knife or the ring, which symbolised rape, Teesside Crown Court heard.

His victim claims she opted for death, but Daniel Yule told her that it "wouldn't be much fun" and raped her.

In a statement, the woman told the court: "I often wish he had killed me so I didn't have to remember anymore."

On another occasion, Yule dragged his victim by her hair and punched her, before pulling down her trousers and raping her.

During a third attack, he told the victim not to fight before raping and sexually assaulting her.

The court heard how the victim was told by Yule that no one would believe her if she reported the attacks, Teesside Live reports.

Yule, of Cranmore Road, Pallister Park, denied all four charges during a previous hearing in September 2020.

Following a four-day trial in July this year, he was convicted of being a multiple rapist for rape offences and one count of sexual assault.

Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, told the court: "At the four day trial in late July this year the defendant was convicted of all four counts on the indictment."

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The victim read her statement to the court during Yule's sentencing hearing on Monday afternoon.

She told the court: "I will never forget what he did to me, he put me through hell. This will come to the grave with me."

The woman said that she has suffered panic attacks and that although her bruises have faded, her mental scars will live with her forever.

Paul Cleasby, defending, said that the defendant suffers from "significant ill health" and a prison sentence for him will be more difficult than it would be for a person in better health.

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Mr Cleasby also drew Judge Crowson's attention to the character references which had been submitted on Yule's behalf.

He said: "The defendant is married. Mr Yule's wife is in court. She continues to stand by the defendant and offers him what support that she can in the circumstances."

Yule, who appeared in court via a video link to Durham prison, did not show any reaction as he was sentenced to 14 years behind bars.

Judge Crowson also handed him an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the victim and two others.

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