Sick thug raped woman before setting fire to her house in ‘spiteful’ attack

A man has been sentenced to eight years in jail for rape, assault and arson in a reign of terror over a woman.

Parminder Sund, 39, was found guilty by a jury at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Monday for a spate of attacks starting in May, 2019.

That month, he raped her at her home when he "would not take no for an answer".

The following month he hit his victim in the face which caused her tooth pain, Shropshire Star reports.

Then on July 31 he set fire to her house when she was out, with the blaze spreading to a neighbour's home where the owners were also out.

Sund has remained in custody since his arrest last summer and denied all three charges that the jury unanimously returned a guilty verdict on.

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Mr Philip Beardwell, who represented Sund said the defendant had been going through a "difficult time" in terms of his mental health but accepted it was no excuse for his behaviour.

Judge Peter Barrie, who described Sund as "spiteful", said: "You would not accept… or understand what was going on from her point of view.

"It is clear that she did not want this difficult period to include sexual relations with you, and you wouldn't take no for an answer."

Sund, of no fixed address, was sentenced to five years for the rape and three years to run consecutively for the arson attack. For the assault by beating, he also received a concurrent sentence of 20 weeks.

He will be placed on the sex offender register.

Shropshire’s Protecting Vulnerable People Detective Inspector Mat Crisp welcomed the sentence.

He said: “Officers work diligently to ensure those who cause harm are put before the courts and I’m pleased this has resulted in a significant sentence that will see a dangerous individual in prison for some time.”

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