A violent rapist is to be released from prison after serving just five years of his 12-year sentence.
Benjamin Recio-Nugent was jailed for 12 years in 2016 after subjecting his victim, known as Laura to protect her identity, to multiple rapes over a seven-hour period.
During the ordeal Laura had piping hot water poured over her and at one point had a sock stuffed into her mouth to stifle her screams.
Recio-Nugent, of Shirebrook Road, Meersbrook in Sheffield was found guilty of rape, attempted rape, four counts of sexual assault and physical assault, after a trial.
But mid-way through his sentence, he is now eligible for early release on licence and is expected back on the streets over the next few weeks, but he will not be allowed to return to the city of Sheffield.
Banned from Sheffield
In response to the early release, survivor Laura and her family, have successfully campaigned for Recio-Nugent to be subject to a city-wide exclusion zone to prevent her from potentially coming face to face with her attacker again.
In an offender management meeting this week, Laura was told that her application had been successful and the ban from Sheffield will run for around six years – until the rapist’s original 12-year sentence is served.
Her dad, who has launched a petition calling for rapists to be forced to serve their full sentences behind bars, said: “We have found out that in the event of Nugent being released he will be subject to a ‘whole of Sheffield’ exclusion zone, which is a massive relief but we are still fighting to stop the release on licence.
“I can’t imagine what it must be like for survivors that are on their own. I still have sleepless nights knowing that he could hurt another woman.”
Peitition calls for an end to rapists from being released on licence
The father of Laura has called for members of the public to sign a petition which prevents the release of rapists on license.
He said: “Stop all rapists from being released on licence. The sadistic rapist that tortured my daughter for over seven hours is due for release only five years after sentencing, in 8 days time. Please help me keep rapists off the streets by signing/sharing.”
When Recio-Nugent was jailed, DC Dave Grubb, who led the investigation, said: “I hope that today’s sentence will provide Laura with some sense of closure and enable her to continue to positively move on with her life while also encouraging other victims of sexual offences to come forward.”
A version of this article originally appeared on The Star
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