Damages for parole delay rapist

A fun-fair worker from Lincolnshire who raped a young teenager after forcing her to drink alcohol won damages today after a European court ruled his human rights had been breached.

Samuel Betteridge, 58, from Mablethorpe, was jailed after he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one of attempted rape at Lincoln Crown Court in 2005.

A 13-month delay between the end of Betteridge's minimum term and his first parole hearing was a breach of his right to a speedy hearing, the European Court of Human Rights found.

The Government was ordered to pay him 750 euros (£640) in damages and 2,000 euros (£1,710) for his lawyers' costs.

This is yet another example of a decision that I think should be taken by the British courts.

I am very disappointed by the ruling and am considering an appeal.

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling