Soldier jailed for rape

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A soldier who raped three teenagers and tried to abduct two schoolgirls was today jailed indefinitely.

Jonathan Haynes. who raped three teenagers and tried to abduct two schoolgirls, was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection and ordered to serve at least 11 years imprisonment - but was warned he may never be released.

Judge Neil Ford QC, The Recorder of Bristol, described the 30-year-old as a "clever and cunning predator" as he passed sentence.

Haynes was found guilty last month of six counts of rape, two of kidnap and two of attempting to kidnap following a three-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Haynes raped the two teenage girls after abducting them from the streets of Chippenham and attacked a University of Glamorgan first-year student after breaking into halls of residence.

The Royal Logistic Corps lance corporal, who was based at Buckley Barracks, Hullavington, also tried to snatch two 14-year-old girls from a country lane.

Jurors heard the first kidnap and rape happened on September 13, 2009, in Chippenham as the 16-year-old made her way home from a night out at the Karma nightclub.

Just 13 days later he raped the 18-year-old student after forcing entry to halls of residence in Pontypridd, South Wales, and the following February he attempted to snatch the two schoolgirls late at night from a country lane near Chippenham.

Weeks later Haynes, who also worked part time as a doorman at the Market Tavern in Stroud, Gloucestershire, kidnapped a 17-year-old girl off the streets of Chippenham and repeatedly raped her.

He denied all the attacks, claiming the final one was consensual sex.