Rapist student, 21, is jailed for more than seven years

Rapist student, 21, who held a kitchen knife to woman’s throat and told her ‘if you don’t do this, I’ll kill you’ after ‘watching rape porn out of curiosity’ is jailed for more than seven years

  • Mitchell Palmer had never been in trouble with the police prior to the attack
  • The 21-year-old was viewed as ‘socially awkward’ and ‘aggressive to women’
  • In a statement his victim has said that she feels ‘pathetic’ and is ‘nervous to be alone’

Mitchell Palmer (pictured above) must serve at least five years of his sentence before he is able to apply for parole

A university student who held a knife to a woman’s throat before raping her after ‘watching rape porn out of curiosity’ has been jailed for more than seven years.

Mitchell Palmer had never been in trouble with the police before, but was seen as ‘quite aggressive towards women’, a court heard.

The 21-year-old held a kitchen knife to his terrified victim’s throat in her own home and told her: ‘If you don’t do this, I will kill you.’

The woman tried to fight back but suffered wounds to her hand and neck and was overpowered by Palmer, who pulled off her underwear.

He was arrested following the crime after he was seen stabbing at a tree at 2am and dragging a knife along a row of railings in Nottingham city centre.

After his arrest Palmer told officers in interview that he had had watched ‘rape porn’ a few days before the incident, on July 11 this year.


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Judge James Sampson, who jailed Palmer for seven-and-a-half years at Nottingham Crown Court, said the material depicted ‘the violent violation of women and was entirely consistent’ with the attack.

He told the Nottingham Trent University student, who admitted rape, that he was a ‘significant risk’ to women, and gave him a life-long sexual harm prevention order.

Robert Underwood, prosecuting, said Palmer was seen as ‘socially awkward and quite aggressive towards women’ at his university.

He told the hearing that Palmer’s victim ‘thought she could overcome him with the adrenaline of the situation’, adding: ‘She reached for the knife. The defendant took her around the neck.’

The prosecutor claimed that after his arrest, Palmer ‘described himself as a monster’ and had questioned his actions.

‘He said ‘what have I done?’ He said that he had been watching rape porn out of curiosity,’ said Mr Underwood.

Nottingham Crown Court (pictured) heard that Mitchell Palmer was a ‘significant risk’ to women

Martin Elwick, defending, said: ‘Never in my years of dealing with such cases has someone demonstrated such immediate remorse for what they have done.’

He told the court that it was difficult to know if Palmer’s action had been affected by watching ‘a website of violent material’.

Mr Elwick added: ‘Did it trigger it? Perhaps we will never know.’

Following the attack, Palmer’s victim was forced to undergo a test for HIV because he claimed he was bisexual. However, the checks came back clear.

In a statement, she said the incident left her nervous of being alone: ‘I feel pathetic. I hope I will get over it. He has wrecked a massive part of my life.’

She decided not to attend court for Palmer’s sentencing, on Thursday, because ‘the image I have of him is fading and I want it to be gone.’

Palmer, of Radford, Nottingham, was told he must serve at least five years in jail before he can apply for parole.

After the sentencing Constable Gabriella Hennessy, of Notts Police, said: ‘This was a particularly disturbing case where Palmer took advantage of the victim’s good nature and kindness and committed a very calculated and violent attack.

‘He has destroyed this young woman’s trust and changed her life forever.

‘I can only commend the victim for her strength and bravery and hope that she gets some comfort from the court result today.

‘This conviction once again shows our commitment to thoroughly investigating reports of sexual violence and robustly bringing suspects to justice.’

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