Birmingham rapist Curtis Hendrickson repeatedly attacked two women in their homes

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Rapist, Curtis Hendrickson, from Birmingham has been jailed for at least 20 years

A Birmingham rapist who repeatedly attacked two women and brutally beat them in their own homes has been jailed for at least 20 years.

Attacker Curtis Hendrickson moved on from one vulnerable victim to another in a matter of days, subjecting them to brutal assaults and appalling sexual abuse.

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Hendrickson, aged 34, from Erdington, had pleaded guilty to 11 rapes and a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, involving two victims at addresses in Birmingham, when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court in September last year. 

He appeared back at Stafford Crown Court last Friday (March 22) for sentencing and was handed life imprisonment with a minimum of 20 years for his vile crimes.

West Midlands Police said that Hendrickson had put a knife to the throat of his first victim where he threatened to kill her after she had tried to signal for help at a fast food restaurant. He had already subjected her to a number of rapes at her home in the days preceding this. He was arrested after a second victim contacted police when she walked into a petrol station badly injured and wrapped only in a curtain on Christmas Day.

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Get the latest headlines, straight to your inbox, with BirminghamWorld’s free emails When police took Hendrickson into custody he accepted sexual intercourse with the two women, but claimed it was consensual. He initially pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court but changed his pleas to guilty to all offences during his trial. Hendrickson was also convicted of failing to comply with the sex offenders register.

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He raped the first woman seven times and the second woman four times, all in the space of a few weeks between November and December, 2022. Both were vulnerable women who had problems with homelessness and accommodation.

'I'm part of a Newtown gang'

Hendrickson befriended the first victim after he tried to retrieve her mobile phone from a group who had stolen it from her, and also told her he was 'part of a Newtown gang'. Afterwards, they went back to his address and smoked before he pushed her on to the bed and raped her.

He went on to attack her six more times and on one occasion after she had tried to alert staff he held a knife to her throat saying:  'I can't let you live. I can't trust you again.' On December 15, 2022, the woman was able to report Hendrickson's abuse to staff at her supported living accommodation but by the time police arrived he had gone.

Dressed in a curtain

Hendrickson then moved on to a second victim who walked into a garage in the early hours of Christmas Day 2022 dressed only in a curtain and badly injured. The second victim was beaten so hard with a broom stick that it snapped. She called 999 and told us she had been raped on a number of occasions. He was arrested on Boxing Day, December 26.

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Robert Mackinnon, adult abuse investigation officer at Public Protection, said: “Hendrickson is a brutal rapist who showed total disregard for the two vulnerable women he targeted. He raped them both on a number of occasions and assaulted one so viciously that the broom handle broke when he beat her. 

“We are delighted with the sentence. Hendrickson will serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars which will give him plenty of time to reflect on what he has done and the terrible impact of his crimes.

“I must praise the bravery of the two women who reported these crimes and for giving evidence in court which help to convict him.  We hope the women’s bravery encourages others subjected to sexual abuse and rape to come forward. We are here to help and listen.”

What to do if you have been affected by rape

It is important to note that survivors of rape are protected by law and have life-long anonymity. For help and guidance about reporting sexual offences go to Rape | Your Options | West Midlands Police (west-midlands.police.uk)