- January 11, 2017
- Edward Acquah
A rapper who imprisoned a woman in his flat while he raped, brutally beat and tortured her with a burning iron has been jailed for 23 years.
Courtney Hutchinson, 32, attacked the 20-year-old over three days before she managed to escape and flee naked into the street – with 40 different injuries.
Hutchinson – also known as rapper DVS and as 1ARDA – has almost 40,000 Twitter followers who see him living the high life drinking champagne, partying on boats and posing next to luxury cars.
“Some fake articles exposing fake facts,” he wrote in his last post after pleading guilty to rape and false imprisonment on the second day of his trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on July 12.
“But love to all the real women & bro’s defending my case & still show me mad support. Love u all.”
But he has now been jailed and will remain on the sex offenders register for life.
The woman had driven to a flat Hutchinson used in Inverness News E16 on February 5.
Hutchinson immediately attacked her – punching and kicking her and, afterwards, forcing her to eat a meal before going to bed.
He became even angrier the following morning and pushed the legs of a chair into her stomach, dragged her around the flat by her hair and whipped her repeatedly with a phone charger cable.
He then pressed a heated iron on to her exposed skin several times before holding it above her face and demanding she burn herself as she pleaded with him to stop.
According to police, Hutchinson told the victim she needed to be punished and made her put her hands behind her back while he punched her in the face and throat.
The force of his attack left the woman with 40 injuries, including a fractured eye socket, broken nose, dislocated shoulder, stab wound to the hand and severe burns.
Hutchinson told the victim that she would die the next day.
He counted down the hours, telling the victim to call her mother and say goodbye, and went on to rape her.
On February 7, Hutchinson continued his assault, forcing the victim into a hot shower and stamping on her burns.
He also filmed her, forcing her to state on camera that she was a bad person.
He kept her naked throughout the ordeal while he controlled her every movement.
She believed she would die, police said.
When the victim saw an opportunity to escape, she fled naked into the street.
Hutchinson, also naked, ran after her, saying” “I have got you now.”
Despite Hutchinson claiming the victim was his wife and everything was OK, a member of the public came to her aid.
The victim continues to receive treatment for the injuries Hutchinson inflicted, police said today.
Hutchinson was arrested on February 10 and questioned about the events of that weekend plus a separate incident the victim told police about.
On January 6, 2015, he threw a plate at the woman, causing facial injuries.
He was charged and pleaded guilty to GBH with intent at an earlier hearing on April 15. His sentence includes this offence.
Detective Sergeant Jimi Tele, from Newham police, said: “I would like to praise the bravery and determination of the victim of this truly harrowing ordeal.
“Her resoluteness in coming forward and working with the police in securing the imprisonment of a truly dangerous offender is worthy of the highest recognition.
“Courtney Hutchinson subjected his victim to the most shocking and repeated levels of violence.
“It was her determination, in company with the skill of the investigation team, that allowed the full severity of the attack to be revealed and that ultimately led to Hutchinson’s arrest and conviction.
“The level of violence he inflicted was so severe it demonstrated his total disregard for the victim as a human being, subjecting her to levels of callousness and danger that are rarely seen.
“The evidence against him was overwhelming but the fact that he decided to plead guilty, removing further ordeal for the victim, can only be welcomed.
“The victim and the public can be safe in knowing that Hutchinson no longer poses a risk to them as he begins a significant term of imprisonment.
“Finally, I would like to add that the Metropolitan Police Service is committed to pursuing those who commit violence and particularly those most dangerous offenders.
“I am conscious that there may be others who have suffered similar violence, whether at the hands of this offender or another, and I would urge them to approach the police.”