13 years in prison for Halifax rapist

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A 51-year-old man has been jailed for 13 years after he repeatedly raped a Calderdale woman in her own home.

The traumatised victim was raped three times by Conrad Balazs after she refused his requests for sex and Bradford Crown Court heard how he had previously been jailed back in 1990 for raping another woman.

Judge John Potter described Balazs as “controlling and domineering” and said the latest rape attack was carried out against a background of intimidation and coercion.

Balazs, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of three charges rape, following a trial last month and Judge Potter noted that initially his victim had seen him as “a shoulder to cry on”.

But Judge Potter said Balazs had gone on to make a variety of threats towards his victim including threatening to cut her neck with a razor and attack her with a machete.

“She grew scared and asked you to leave her alone,” said Judge Potter.

“Your response was to go to her and threaten her again. She became, as in my judgement you had intended all along, under your control.”

The judge said he had no doubt that complainant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had made it plain to Balazs that she did not want to have sexual intercourse that night.

“Your response to this Mr Balazs was brutal and domineering,” said Judge Potter.

“You raped her three times seeking, in my judgement, to show to her that you could have want you wanted whenever you wanted it.

“She was in my view extremely traumatised by what you did to her.”

The judge said the latest offence and Balazs’ previous convictions, which also included offences of assault and harassment, portrayed him as “a determined sexual offender”.

The sentencing guidelines for Balazs’ offending suggested a custody range of between six and 11 years, but the judge told him: “I have come to the view that that range in your case is not sufficient.”

The judge said Balazs had shown no remorse having gone through a full contested trial and he also displayed little if any insight into his offending behaviour.

Judge Potter said Balazs would be subject to an indefinite sexual offences prevention order which bans him from having any further contact with the victim and he will also have to sign on a sex offender with the police for the rest of his life.