A SEX beast who repeatedly raped a middle-aged woman in her own home has been slammed by a judge for appealing to have his sentence cut.
Karl Dennis Vickers, 41, of York Close, Clayton-le-Moors, broke into the home of the woman as she slept in January 2007.
Vickers raped his terrified victim twice, after warning her not to look at him, then locked her in a shed before leaving with her bank cards and laptop.
He was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to the crimes and jailed indefinitely for public protection at Burnley Crown Court last year, having pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, assault by penetration and burglary.
The sentence, almost identical to a life term, means Vickers will not be freed until the parole board is convinced he no longer poses a danger to society.
He must serve a minimum of six years and three and a half months before he can even apply for parole.
Lord Justice Maurice Kay, sitting with Mrs Justice Sharp and Sir Peter Cresswell at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, heard his appeal against that minimum term.
Vicker’s lawyers argued that he should have been given more credit for his guilty plea and that the judge had erred in placing the rapes in the most serious category.
Mrs Justice Sharp, giving the court’s judgement, threw out the appeal, saying: "This appellant has no legitimate complaint about the discount that he received.
"This was a terrifying and degrading attack by a complete stranger, who broke into the victim’s home while she was sleeping.
"The victim was raped twice and assaulted by penetration. She was detained and subjected to a prolonged ordeal which included being threatened with a knife.
"The attack has had a profound effect on her.
"There were significant aggravating features and, in these circumstances, the judge was entitled to pass the sentence that he did. Accordingly this appeal against sentence is dismissed."