May 2018

Convicted sex attacker who raped woman while she was vomiting jailed

A convicted rapist previously subjected another woman to vile sex attacks, including while she was being sick in a toilet.

In 2016, ChronicleLive reported how brute Terry Maughan was jailed for seven years after being found guilty of raping a drunk 17-year-old girl at a house in the North East.

During that attack, the monster pinned her to the floor and put his hands around her throat, tightening his grip if she screamed, as he subjected her to a terrifying, 90-minute ordeal, a court was told.

Now, it has emerged that, prior to that offence, the 24-year-old also raped another woman, including while she was being sick in a toilet at an address on Tyneside.

Maughan, of Tynebank, Winlaton, has now been locked up for nine years after pleading guilty to three counts of rape against that victim.

Matthew Bean, prosecuting at Newcastle Crown Court, said the latest woman gained the courage to report the attacks on her after Maughan’s trial for raping the teenager started in August 2016.

He said: “The complainant was in a bathroom being sick. The defendant walked in and became aware she was unwell. She was hunched over the toilet and, with her still bent over the toilet, he [raped] her.

“She was unable to push him off.”

The court was told that police launched an investigation into the second set of rape allegations in 2016, which were reported by the victim after she gained courage on hearing that Maughan was standing trial for the attack on the 17-year-old.

He initially denied the offences and stood trial June last year but a jury couldn’t reach a verdict.

Maughan was due to undergo a retrial in March this year but changed his pleas at the last minute, the court heard.

In a statement, the victim said she had been left suffering from anxiety and depression as a result of what Maughan had done to her. She added: “I believe what Terry Maughan has done to me has had an effect on my mental wellbeing,

“My mind tries to block out what happened to me but it doesn’t block out the pain.”

Locking Maughan up for nine years, Judge Amanda Rippon said: “The victim was being sick when you raped her and that counts as humiliation and degrading and she was particularly vulnerable at that moment.”

The judge added: “In 2016, you were charged with the rape of a female, aged 17. Those allegations came to trial in July 2016, starting on July 20 2016.

“The next day, on July 21 2016, [the victim of this offence] reported what had happened to her. The police were contacted and an investigation began.”

The court was told that, other than the rapes on the two women, Maughan has no previous convictions.

Jeremy Barton, mitigating, said: “The defendant has had no real chance to respond to the help he’s engaged with in custody in comparison to someone who has had those opportunities and then continued to offend.

“This occurred before the offence on the 17-year-old and he’s had no real chance to show that he’s changed.

“He’s spoken candidly about the issues he has had and he has spelled out the issues he had with alcohol.”

As previously reported on ChronicleLive, Maughan raped the 17-year-old when he took advantage of her vulnerable drunken state after she ended up in a home alone with him at the end of a house party.

He threw her to the floor, put his hand round her throat and tightened his grip when she tried to shout out, the court was told.

He was jailed for seven years in 2016 for that offence and was ordered to sign the sex offender register for life and was barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.