A Zimbabwean carer has been jailed 15 years in the UK after he raped and impregnated a severely disabled woman.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Edson Munyikwa (55) preyed on the victim when he was supposed to be providing respite care for her. A judge described the offence as "hideous."

The victim had to undergo an abortion and was left seriously traumatised as she did not understand what had happened to her. The woman suffers from a range of serious disabilities including brain damage, epilepsy and autism.

Her condition also means she is unable to speak or communicate. The offence came to light when it was noticed that she had missed her period and the epileptic fits she was suffering were becoming worse. Blood samples were taken and showed that she was three months pregnant.

A police investigation was launched to trace all men who had been in contact with her. The court heard the woman's father was also placed under suspicion.

Munyikwa gave a DNA sample after he was identified as being in contact with the woman. Munyikwa was arrested at his home in Rothwell, Leeds, after he was identified as being the biological father.

He pleaded guilty to rape.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar told Munyikwa he was imposing an extended prison sentence as he considered him to pose a serious risk to the public. He must serve a custodial term of 12 years followed by an extended three-year period on licence.