Rapist jailed for 14 years

Daniel Santana
Daniel Santana

AN “extremely dangerous” man who raped and beat his girlfriend was yesterday jailed for 14 years.

Daniel Santana, 27, of Bates Crescent, Croydon, was convicted of two charges of rape, assault by penetration, battery, committing actual bodily harm (ABH) and criminal damage, following a five-day trial at Hove Crown Court in September.

The court heard Santana had grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and slapped her face leaving finger marks in her hairline, punched her causing black eyes, had smashed up her mobile phones and damaged property in her home.

He had also pleaded guilty to further charges of ABH, battery and two counts of criminal damage.

He was sentenced to 14 years in prison at Brighton Crown Court on Monday, October 22.

The offences were committed between December 2011 and February 2012, when his victim lived in Hastings.

Santana was cleared of four further specimen charges of rape during the same period.

The court also heard he was on bail to Leeds Crown Court, awaiting sentence for arson and GBH against another ex-partner.

He had broken her arm while assaulting her and then set fire to items within the home during a domestic argument.

He had pleaded guilty to these matters and was awaiting sentence when he established the relationship with his future victim in Hastings.

Santana was also previously sentenced to 18 months for harassing a gay couple, a result of which, the recipient of the threats had committed suicide.

Detective sergeant James Pateman said: “The young woman involved in this matter was subject to a horrendous campaign of physical, sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of a man who tried to justify his actions as being out of ‘love’ for her.

“This is the height of depravity in terms of domestic abuse and she has been immensely brave to speak out about what had been happening to her behind closed doors.

“The jury was not taken in by Santana’s lies. He has shown no remorse nor accepted responsibility for his own actions.

“Her brave actions have ensured an extremely dangerous man will not be at liberty for a very long time, I have no doubt her actions have saved many other women’s lives from being endangered by him.

“I do not see the woman involved in this case as a victim anymore; she is a survivor and refused to be bullied into silence, she can now move on with closure to this chapter of her life.

“I would urge anyone suffering domestic abuse to speak out about what they are going through and to get the help that is readily available.”

In an emergency always call 999. The 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is on 0808 2000 247.

For independent advice and support contact the CRI Domestic Abuse Service for Hastings and Rother on 01424 716629.