Man who raped teenager sees ‘unduly lenient’ jail term extended

Sergejs Susorovs
Sergejs Susorovs

A rapist who attacked a teenager in Lincolnshire just weeks after arriving in the UK has had his jail term increased by top judges.

Sergejs Susorovs, 26, of Edwin Street, Boston, was jailed for five years four months at Lincoln Crown Court on June 20.

But three judges at London’s Appeal Court have today (Thursday) increased the ‘unduly lenient’ sentence to almost seven years.

Susorovs, from Latvia, admitted two counts of raping the 19-year-old victim.

And Attorney-General Jeremy Wright QC referred his sentence to the Appeal Court, arguing it should have been far tougher.

The teenager was walking along a public footpath in London Road, Boston, when Susorovs struck.

She was chatting to her boyfriend on her mobile phone when Susorovs grabbed her from behind and put his arm around her neck.

He dragged her to an area where they could not be seen, at times pulling her hair as he did so, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones told the court.

She lost her balance and kept falling, losing a shoe, sock and her glasses.

And, once they had reached the secluded spot, Susorovs twice raped the ‘petrified’ teenager.

She described him as ‘smiling’ while he attacked her and told police she was scared he would kill her.

He told her not to tell anyone what he had done and helped her find her shoe, the court heard.

Susorovs had followed her for 100 yards before attacking her and the girl’s ordeal lasted 40 to 50 minutes.

He was soon arrested and found to be drunk and ‘unsteady on his feet’.

The teenager suffered scratches and bruises to her body and severe neck pain where he had tried to choke her.

Susorovs’ crimes had a ‘profound’ impact on her and she is now ‘extremely fearful and suspicious of others’, said the judge.

He had no previous convictions in the UK, having only been here three weeks, but had one conviction for theft in Latvia.

A probation officer said he showed ‘no remorse’.

Louise Oakley, for the Attorney-General, argued that his sentence was nowhere near long enough and ought to be upped.

She pointed to the impact on the victim, there being two rapes, the remote location and a degree of planning.

“This was a bad case,” she told the judges.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, for Susorovs, urged the court not to intervene, pointing to his lack of relevant convictions and guilty pleas.

He had shown a ‘degree of consideration for her after the events’, added the barrister.

He spent some time helping find her shoe, putting her belongings in a bag for her and looking for her glasses

But Lord Justice Lloyd Jones said the fact there were ‘two rapes’ was crucial.

The judge, who was sitting with Mr Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Fraser, added: “We consider the sentence passed was unduly lenient.”

Susorovs’ sentence was increased to six years and 10 months.