A drug scientist has been jailed over what a judge described as a 'campaign' of rapes over multiple years.

Kennedy Cliff-Eribo, 56, of Apollo Close, Aylesbury, was convicted at trial on two counts of rape and one of attempted rape.

The offences date between 2017 and 2019.

Aylesbury Crown Court today (June 12) heard graphic details of Cliff-Eribo's offending - including how he raped a woman on no less than four occasions.

Prosecuting barrister Christopher Hewertson said that the defendant sought to degrade this victim in various ways.

Mr Hewertson told the court: "She [the victim] was made to kneel in apology to him."

Judge Anupama Thompson described Cliff-Eribo's conduct as a 'campaign' of rape, rooted in a sense of entitlement.

Defence barrister Briony Molyneux outlined his background.

The defendant was working as a manager for a major pharmaceuticals company at the time of the offences.

His LinkedIn page states that he was formerly employed as a research scientist at the University of Nottingham.

Mrs Molyneux told the judge: "You are now sentencing a man who has done a considerable amount in his life, making his way from Nigeria to the UK, establishing himself, becoming very respected in his role as a drug scientist - and, of course, respected in his community."

In light of his convictions, Mrs Molyneux said that it was 'right' that Molyneux should go to prison.

However, she was positive about his rehabilitation prospects, and urged the court to pass the 'shortest' sentence possible.

She stressed the potential impact of a prison sentence on Cliff-Eribo, stating: "He no longer will have his job, he no longer will have his home.

"Everything is going to change for him."

Judge Thompson acknowledged the defence's account of Cliff-Eribo, but noted that he had shown little understanding of the impact of his offending.

The defendant was jailed for a total of eight-and-a-half years.

He will serve half of this sentence on licence, and, upon release, will be made subject to lifelong notification requirements.

Judge Thompson said that jail was likely to have negative personal repercussions for Cliff-Eribo, but remarked that he had only himself to blame.

She stated: "I'm afraid, Mr Cliff-Eribo, that is what is going to happen to you, and you're going to have to learn to cope with what is to befall you as a result of your behaviour.