November 2017

Two cousins took turns to rape teenage girl as she begged them to stop

Two cousins who took turns to rape a teenage girl as she begged them to stop have each been jailed for nine years each.

Gary Fenton, 38, and Bryan George, 48, marched their vulnerable victim to Fenton’s bedsit in Redcar, Teesside, where they forced themselves on her despite cries and pleas, a court heard.

Today in court George blew a kiss to the public gallery as the sentencing began before putting his head in his hands.

And as he was led from the dock, he said to the gallery “I love you” before wailing: “I never done this. I never done this crime.”

One woman darted from the public area to the dock but was stopped by an officers.

Both men were convicted of rape after four-and-a-half hours of consideration.

The men raped the teenage girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Fenton’s in 2001.

“She saw the two of you whispering, obviously planning what was to happen,” said Judge Peter Armstrong as he passed sentence.

They took her under each arm, marched her into Fenton’s bedroom, isolated her and repeatedly raped her, said prosecutor Shaun Dodds.

The older men carried on having unprotected sex with her despite her saying “no”, “stop” and “please don’t” over and over again, Teesside Crown Court heard.

She said she was frightened for her life as she was laid down, Fenton telling her “it’ll be all right” and shushing her like a child.

“It felt like a lifetime,” she said in her evidence during the trial.

During her ordeal Fenton sat next to her, said “I can hear you begging” and hissed a foul-mouthed insult.

The judge said: “Despite her protestations you had your way with her on more than one occasion.”

He said they degraded and humiliated the girl in a sustained attack.

Now an adult, the young woman said: “I was just scared. I wanted to go home. I felt dirty. I felt sick.”

She said she ran after the sex attackers left the room, did not tell others for years and found the courage to report it to police last year.

George, from Redcar, at first lied to police and said there had been no sexual encounter.

“The two of you have stood trial and both claimed that the sexual activity was with consent. The jury saw through that and have convicted you,” Judge Armstrong added.

Neither of the men had previous sexual offending but Fenton had a history of violence against women.

He was jailed for five-and-a-half years in 2010 for wounding with intent after he hit his then partner in the face with a glass.

Fenton is already serving a four-year sentence imposed in Cardiff for a string of serious assaults where he punched, kicked and stamped on a woman, causing a punctured lung and fractured ribs.

Fenton, from Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, and George were each jailed for nine years.

They were given restraining orders banning them from contacting the victim and will be on sex offenders’ register, both indefinitely.

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