A Croydon man has been jailed for raping a woman with Multiple Sclerosis and causing injuries so severe that she can no longer go to the gym.

Luke Sewell, 30, of Westgate Road was arrested by Met Police officers on April 9 after a woman disclosed to staff at a self-storage company in London that she had been raped and assaulted the previous day. Sewell was arrested later that day.

Showing extreme bravery, the woman was able to convince Sewell to drive her to the storage company “to collect her belongings” so she could move back in with him.

This was of course a tactic she was able to use to try and get help, which paid off, with thanks to the staff at the storage company who were able to keep her safe whilst waiting for officers to arrive.

During the investigation, the victim, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, informed officers that Sewell had subjected her to hours of assault, including making her take a freezing cold shower for an hour, before going on to rape her at a property in Dunsfold.

Speaking in her impact statement, the woman said: “I am still suffering with the injuries to my chest that Luke inflicted upon me. I can’t go to the gym because of my injuries, I loved to go to the gym and it is also a very important part of managing MS to build my strength.

“I feel what happened with Luke has made me develop habits such as proving to my new partner what I am doing on my phone. I want to be able to break this habit and the feeling of having to explain myself all of the time.”

Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Mike Powell, of the Sexual Offences Investigation Team said “The harrowing facts of this case including details of the extreme level of violence and degradation inflicted upon the victim has led a jury to find Mr Sewell guilty of rape and causing actual bodily harm following an eight day trial at Guildford Crown Court.

“The victim has shown remarkable courage in coming forward, reporting this offence and delivering her evidence during the course of a trial. Through her actions, a dangerous and deviant sexual offender will be prevented from committing further similar crimes against others.

“Serious sexual assaults, whether committed within a domestically abusive relationship or not, will not be tolerated by Surrey Police. This conviction sends a clear message to anyone who believes they have been a victim of sexual abuse that we will do all we can to investigate each case fully and seek to prosecute those responsible”

Luke Sewell appeared at Guildford Crown Court on November 28 for sentencing, and was jailed for 12 years with an extended three years on license due to the dangerousness of his offence. Sewell was also granted an indefinite restraining order.

During summing up, His Honour Judge Rufus Taylor stated that the victim had been subject to degradation and humiliation and that the violence used by the suspect ensured the victim’s submission to the rape.