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Steven Hoyle has been jailed for eight years for raping a woman twice
Computer expert Steven Hoyle, 45, used a device to remotely wipe incriminating text messages off his phone when it was in the hands of the police in a bid to evade justice.
But among the texts Hoyle, of Bradford, West Yorks, sent to his victim was one saying: “I did take what was mine.”
Police made a copy of data from Hoyle’s phone but were powerless to prevent the originals being removed, Bradford Crown Court was told.
You appear to have used that method of rape as a purely punitive, degrading and humiliating act against this woman because she had irritated or slighted you
Prosecutor Stephen Wood
Hoyle, who lived at different addresses in Bradford after moving to the city from a caravan in the Liverpool area, bragged to the victim that he had also raped another woman.
After his relationship with the woman ended, he went on to send 1,344 text messages to an underage girl, some of them inciting her to have sex with her boyfriend.
Hoyle was convicted of two offences of aggravated rape, inciting an underage girl to have sexual activity and perverting the course of justice by erasing data.
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Hoyle used a device to remotely wipe incriminating text messages off his phone
Prosecutor Stephen Wood said Hoyle used rape to punish and humiliate the raped victim.
Sentencing him to eight years, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said Hoyle became “an absolute nightmare” for her.
Hoyle, who ran a successful business from home unlocking sophisticated electronic equipment, was a gifted and intelligent man with bizarre personality traits, the judge said.
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The woman told how Hoyle held her by the hair
He told him: “You appear to have used that method of rape as a purely punitive, degrading and humiliating act against this woman because she had irritated or slighted you.”
During the trial, the woman told how Hoyle held her by the hair with her face in the pillow when he twice raped her several months apart.
Judge Durham Hall said: “You have a certain way of viewing the world and your importance and power in it. You’re controlling, arrogant and demanding.”
The judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order
Hoyle raped the woman because she had danced with another man and talked to someone at the bar.
The judge said: “Your behaviour was that of a man punishing a woman for having the temerity to do what you disliked. You were using yourself as a weapon to inflict pain, humiliation and punishment.”
Hoyle had shown no remorse and bitterly contested the allegations, labelling the victims and their friends liars.
The judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered Hoyle to sign on the sex offenders.