A man who raped and attacked a woman then claimed she sustained her injuries in a bike crash has been jailed for 10 years. 

Richard Summer, 35, from Highbury Park, launched a vicious attack on the woman while under the influence of cocaine by forcing her to have sex with him. 

When she tried to fight back he repeatedly punched her in the face and hit her over the head with a glass ashtray. 

Police were called to a pub in Highbury Barn at around 1pm on Saturday, March 4, by a member of the public who saw the woman injured and in distress. 

When officers arrived she told about the attack. 

Summers was known to police as he had a long history of dangerous assaults and violence towards ex-partners. 

Det Con Max Orange, who led the investigation, said: “Summers is a predatory offender. We are certain that he posed a real danger to other women who he may have come into contact with.” 

Summers lied throughout his police interview, telling officers the victim sustained her injuries by riding into a lamppost on her bike. 

Ham & High: Richard SummersRichard Summers (Image: ffj)

He later pleaded guilty to assault but denied rape and engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour. 

On Thursday (September 13) after a seven-day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court a jury returned guilty verdicts for rape and coercive and controlling behaviour. 

He was jailed for ten years and has also been issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and added to the sex offenders register for 15 years. 

Det Ch Insp Paul Ridley, public protection lead for Islington, added: "Summers is clearly a very dangerous individual and I’m pleased that he has been brought to justice. 

“Detectives leading this case have demonstrated our determination to make London a safer place for women and girls, tackling the scourge of domestic violence. 

“We know that there is more work to be done in protecting women and girls across the capital which is a top priority in our New Met for London plan. 

“Every day we are making strides to work with partners to support victims and track down predatory offenders.”