June 2006

Man jailed for six years over girl’s rape

A MAN who raped a teenager minutes after he had consensual sex with her has been jailed for six years.

Liam Booker had been drinking before the attack on the 17-year-old girl, which began with the pair having sex at a house in Brotton, east Cleveland.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the teenager made it clear she did not want to perform a certain sex act.

But after he called her into another room, Booker, 20, grabbed her, pushed her on to a bed and raped her.

The 17-year-old screamed out during the attack on September 19, last year.

The pain was so bad that she bit a duvet cover on the bed. Saliva on the cover was analysed and the teenager’s DNA was found.

Booker, of Maple Grove, Brotton, denied rape, but was found guilty last month.

Christopher Knox, for Booker, said his client had received a number of testimonials and references from family friends and neighbours.

He also said the attack had no aggravating features, but the trial judge, disagreed.

He said the sexual intimacy between the pair had gone “dramatically and drastically wrong”.

Booker was sentenced to six years in a young offenders’ institution.

He was told to register as a sex offender for life.