July 2022

Rapist tried to lie in court

A man who raped and abused a woman has been sentenced to 12 years in jail, but still said to the court ‘I’m the victim’.

Ashley James Barton, 37, of Bute Gardens, Hammersmith, left his victim fearing for her life after he raped her and gave her a black eye, the court heard today (July 28).

In December 2020, Barton punched her in the face for no reason which resulted in a black eye. On February 15 2021, he also raped her.

The victim told the court that she feared for her life in a moving statement.

The court heard how Barton showed no remorse for his actions and on several occasions when giving his evidence in court, he referred to himself as the victim.

He claimed that the allegations were lies being told by the victim and that she was the abuser in the relationship, not him. The jury rejected this defence.

He was sentenced for two counts of rape and one count of assault by beating at Isleworth Crown Court.

The offences were committed in December 2020 and February 2021 against a woman. Barton was originally tried for these matters in November 2021, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the rape offences.

He was, however, convicted of assault by beating. But following a retrial in May of this year, he was found guilty of the offences.

During sentencing, Judge His Honour Justice Duncan said: You did not care how much you were hurting her. You have always maintained an account that she was lying and unstable. You portray yourself as a knight in shining armour but with the complainant you did your best to undermine her at every opportunity.

“You gas-lighted and insulted her and her self-confidence is in tatters because of you. You are manipulative and lack insight both then and now. You display an entrenched form of misogyny in your past and in your current behaviour.

“You show a pattern of behaviour which is deeply disturbing. You have shown no acceptance of responsibility which is of deep concern. There is a significant risk of you committing further offences against women.”

Barton was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and one of the conditions of this is that he has to inform the Police of any intimate relationships he enters into.

There is no expiry on this. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.