Professional rugby player, 22, has been jailed for 23 years after violently raping two women in London
A former Princeton University student and professional rugby player has been jailed for 23 years after violently raping two women in London.
Paulo Kretteis, 22 of Northolt, West London, was found guilty of two charges of rape and threat of death following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court in January.
The dual Brazilian nationality, who previously played professional rugby for the Ealing Trailfinders, has been described as a “real danger to women, who took” real pleasure “in the” fear, pain and humiliation “of its victims.
The former Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering student at Ivy League University in New Jersey was expelled from the prestigious American school in May 2019.
The former Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering student at Ivy League University in New Jersey was thrown from the prestigious school in May 2019 after a proven allegation of “ consensual sexual intercourse ” following an internal investigation.
He appealed the decision but was expelled. After the investigation, he was never prosecuted.
During the trial earlier this year, the court learned that Kretteis was in London when he befriended his first victim outside The Chatsworth Bar in Acton in the early hours of October 13, 2019.
The court heard that he had walked the 25-year-old back to her home in Hammersmith and as they approached a remote walkway, he grabbed her throat and threatened to kill her.
He then attacked her, punched her in the face, before forcing her to perform a sexual act.
He claimed he was not the man featured on camera images because the man’s haircut in the clip was different from his own, but Instagram posts matched images of him on the spot wearing a Princeton University shirt.
In what was described as a “ particularly chilling ” part of the attack, he said she had to smile when she asked if she still had all of her teeth after he hit her.
The victim was able to escape and ask a taxi driver for help before calling the police, but Kretteis ran away.
He claimed he was not the man featured on camera images because the man’s haircut in the clip was different from his own, but Instagram posts matched images of him on the spot in a Princeton University sports shirt.
The court has been informed that the victim is now numb on the left side of her face and has trouble with one of her eyes.
She also experiences repeated flashbacks and has constant feelings of anger and uncontrollable crying.
In the early hours of December 15, 2019, Kretteis attacked his second victim in an apartment in Ealing.
The court heard that when the 20-year-old victim refused to let Kretteis film them during intercourse, he attacked her and grabbed her neck in what the judge described as “the most dangerous and traumatic way for any woman.”
He attacked her a second time in a locked room where she slept by pressing a pillow over her face.
She had bruises on her face and throat, as well as bite marks. Clumps of hair were also found at the address.
In a victim impact statement, one victim said she felt she ‘deserved it’
The victim said she thought he was trying to kill her, and that she had been “ physically, psychologically and emotionally ” damaged by the attack, and went to sleep with a kitchen knife next to her bed.
She also said that she could not swallow solid food for days and could only sleep during the day with her mother in the room.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, she said, “He made me feel I deserved it and was dramatic because I reported it to the police.”
Kretteis had tried to manipulate her and on one occasion tried to persuade her to retract her statement.
“He said he only did it to me because he loved me so much, something that has haunted me ever since,” she said.
“I am no longer able to trust many people, especially men, and I find it difficult to make new contacts with new people.”
Images of Kretteis wearing the top (photo) were captured on CCTV
Kretteis was identified in February last year from DNA found on the coat left by his first victim in the fight, which was dumped in a nearby trash can.
The court heard he claimed his victims attacked him first.
One of his victims was in court when Kretteis’ attorney, Nicola Shannon, said his academic achievements and “determination” showed the “promise” that he could be rehabilitated.
She said the court was an A * student supporting his single mother and siblings.
She added that his ‘dreams of playing for Brazil were thwarted by an injury and have now been overshadowed by this insult’.
“He is someone who appears in court as someone with the ability to live an upright life, to show determination, character and help to others,” she said.
“He was subjected to violence at home, whether from his father or stepfather, throughout the early years into his teens. He had picked up that attitude to deal with conflict and had become a habit of resorting to him when challenged.
“It provides some reassurance that there is a known cause and a degree of understanding and insight on the part of Mr. Kretteis, and that could cause him to begin to mature from those attitudes that continue.”
Judge Giles Curtis-Raleigh sentenced Kretteis to 10 years in prison for the first rape, and gave a consecutive eight-year term for the second rape, with a five-year extended license period.
He also issued simultaneous sentences of three years and 11 months for the ABH crimes and four years for threatening to kill.
Kretteis from Petts Hill, Ealing, was sentenced to 23 years at Isleworth Crown Court
He told Kretteis, “In either case, they were in no way able to resist the violence, both sexual and physical, that you had inflicted on them because of your considerable size and strength.”
You were expelled from Princeton University in May of that year after an internal investigation [investigation] concluded that you had sex there without mutual consent with a woman.
It was the clearest possible warning for your behavior that society could give you, aside from a criminal conviction.
“You go on, rather absurdly, accusing your victims of assaulting you first. Their injuries were caused exactly as they described in the course of two savage attacks on them.
When you were eventually arrested for calling the police after the second incident, you were questioned and denied the case. You claimed she harmed herself. You are at a high risk of harm to women.
“It is a measure of your arrogance and disrespect for women that, instead of being put off by what happened in America, you committed the serious crimes for which I have to convict you today.”
He will serve at least two-thirds of his sentence before being eligible for release.