Six years for violent rapist who forced his way into victim’s Hartlepool home

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A THUG who beat a woman black and blue during a violent sex attack has been jailed.

Liam Boagey subjected the victim to the terrifying attack in her own home when he forced himself upon her and left her covered in bruises.

The victim said she was “scared for her life” when she was forced to relive the ordeal by giving evidence at court.

Boagey, 25, was caged for six years at Teesside Crown Court after he was found guilty of rape, attempted rape and actual bodily harm assault.

He was cleared of a fourth charge of sexual assault relating to a separate incident.

The trial heard that Boagey forced his way into the victim’s home and tried to rape her.

She managed to wriggle free but she said he then dragged her into a bedroom and forced her to have sex.

He bit, nipped and hit her numerous times leaving her with bruising to her shoulder, chest, thighs, waist and face.

Boagey, who had no previous convictions, claimed they had had rough but consensual sex.

A neighbour told the jury she heard the victim shout “get off me” four or five times at the top of her voice.

Boagey, of Sheriff Street, Hartlepool, handed himself in to police afterwards.

Shaun Routledge, mitigating, stressed his lack of previous convictions and his relative young age.

He added that although Boagey had been found guilty of three offences it all arose from one incident.

Judge Peter Armstrong said: “The jury have rejected your defence that she invited you to stay and so I sentence you on the basis what happened thereafter was completely without her consent.

“The aggravating feature of all this was the offence of actual bodily harm. The jury have rejected your defence this was all part of rough consensual sex and from the injuries which are shown in the photographs and spoken of in the medical report, it is clear you beat up that young lady, nipping, hitting and biting and causing those numerous injuries.

“You went to the police station, I’m quite satisfied, because you realised what you had done.

“If you had confessed you would have been facing a much shorter sentence than you are today.

“It meant the victim had to relive the ordeal that you put her through.”