Woman escapes tourist killer who tied her to bed
Robert Linton started a relationship after being released from prison for strangling a 20-year-old to death
A terrified woman escaped her killer ex-boyfriend's clutches after he tried to strangle her and held her hostage for seven hours.
Linton, of Craven Street, Birkenhead, was released from jail on life licence for the murder of Alyson Kaplan in July 2016, who he strangled with a scarf in his hotel room.
The 20-year-old tourist from California, was stranded at Victoria Station in London in 2003 by a snow storm, when Linton offered her shelter in his hotel room.
Linton had been living on the streets but was put into Hotel Rama in London by a crime reduction initiative support worker.
It was in the hotel room, that Linton had what he claimed was consensual sex with Miss Kaplan, before he strangled her with his hands and then with his scarf.
A few hours later, Linton left Miss Kaplan's body in the room and took a bus to Brighton, taking Miss Kaplan's rucksack with him and pawning her Gucci watch for £10.
He then walked into a police station and confessed to what he called a "cruel and nasty" murder.
Linton, previously known as Robert Noble, was sentenced to life for the murder at the Old Bailey in London, in 2003.
He was released from jail in July 2016, on life licence from the murder sentence.
The court heard how she had been tricked into coming home early by Linton, whom she allowed to stay over sometimes in her son’s bedroom, when he rang to say her dog was ill.
When she arrived at her Birkenhead home in the late afternoon of December 19 last year, she saw four dressing gown belts had been purposefully tied to both sides of the double bed.
The victim realised at least one of the belts belonged to Linton.
The court heard how Linton came into the room and told her of his bizarre plan to get back the £2,000 he owed her.
Tom Watson, prosecuting, said: "He told her he was unable to get a job due to his previous conviction and he wanted to tie her up so she could make a Criminal Injuries Compensation Board claim."
When arrested Linton told police "he had been upset about her visiting different websites and decided to tie her up in order to go through her mobile telephone.」
He pleaded guilty, however, on the basis that his real intention had been to get money for her.
Mr Watson, said that she was "very scared" when he told her of his plan to tie her up, knowing about his previous conviction for murder.
Mr Watson, said: "She spent time trying to talk him out of the plan. It was when she attempted to leave the room he physically prevent her from leaving.
"She described how he grabbed and then physically threw her on the bed."
The court heard how Linton then straddled his victim to prevent her from moving or getting out.
Despite repeatedly asking him to allow her to get up, Linton refused.
Mr Watson, prosecuting, said: 「She described herself as in fear for her life and frightened to fight back or struggle.
"She was tied up and held by those dressing gown belts for about 30 minutes.
"She managed to persuade him to untie her telling him she wanted to use the toilet and have drink."
Despite persuading him to let her use the ensuite toilet and not to tie her up again, she was not allowed to leave the bed.
The court heard how she waited until she was sure Linton was asleep and quietly escaped from the house.
She got into her car and drove straight to Birkenhead police station, where she arrived at 3.23am 」distressed and sobbing」 and told of her ordeal.
Police went to her home and found Linton hiding between parked cars outside her address and he was arrested.
In her impact statement, she told how she now suffers from post traumatic stress, headaches, nausea and flashbacks and feels she may have to move home as it brings back too many memories of the incident.
In a police interview, Linton said he was originally from Scotland and the couple’s relationship had broken up about five weeks earlier and he had been worried about her going on dating websites.
He admitted taking two dressing gown belts with him to tie her up so he could go through her telephone records.
He acknowledged the situation would have been very frightening for her but said he would not have harmed her.
Linton was recalled to prison because of his life sentence.
He was jailed for three years, with two years extended licence.
Neil Gunn, defending, said: "At no point did he seek to harm her. He apologies and repeats that he did not intend any harm.
Mr Gunn said Linton who had not been working and was having to use food banks to survive "doesn’t seek to excuse his actions."
He added: "He thinks about the murder every day and has tried in vain to get help for his mental health problems."
Judge Recorder Mark Ford, said: 「If your intention was purely and simply to obtain money by way of compensation it was not in fact necessary to imprison her in the way that you did.
「It must have been obvious that she was not prepared to go along with the plan and it would have been perfectly clear to you that she was extremely frightened. Nevertheless you press on and restrained her physically.标签：