Man who imprisoned, raped and stabbed ex-partner jailed for thirteen years

Jailed: Richard Weaver (Met Police)
Jailed: Richard Weaver (Met Police)

A man who raped and stabbed his partner after they decided to split up has been jailed for thirteen years.

Richard Weaver, 45, subjected the victim to a terrifying ordeal at the house they shared in Newham, which they were planning to move out of.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how Weaver began arguing with his victim on October 3, 2019 shortly after she returned home from work.

He followed her upstairs, verbally abusing her, before punching her in the head and stabbing her in the hand, causing a serious injury.

He imprisoned her in the house and raped her, before eventually saying she was allowed to leave to get medical help for her hand.

However, he quickly changed his mind and told her she had to stay within the property but she managed to escape and ran to a nearby street where she called police.

Police said the victim was left fearing she would not survive the ordeal.

Detective Constable Phil Fox, who led the investigation, said: “Weaver had decided he did not want his ex-partner to leave him and carried out a horrific physical and sexual assault, an attack so frightening she believed she might not survive.

“The victim in this case has shown tremendous bravery, not only in disclosing what happened to police but in coming to court and providing the evidence that brought Weaver to justice.”

Weaver was convicted of rape as well as making threats to kill, false imprisonment, unlawful wounding and actual bodily harm.