Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rapist Gained Trust of Women and Girls

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rapist Gained Trust of Women and Girls

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Byline: SEAN SEDDON Reporter sean.seddon@reachplc.com @seddonnews

A PREDATOR who preyed on vulnerable women and children for more than a decade has been jailed for 22 years.

During Lee Goldsworthy's reign of terror, he raped a woman with learning difficulties and sexually assaulted a child in a hospital corridor who was visiting a dying relative. Newcastle Crown Court heard the serial rapist thought he was "untouchable" after carrying out the sickening attacks.

Goldsworthy's attacks drove his victims to despair, self-harm and suicide attempts, the court heard.

Prosecutor Christopher Rose told the court Goldsworthy manipulated the women into trusting him before subjecting them to life-wrecking assaults between 2006 and 2017.

On one occasion, he took a vulnerable woman back to his flat and showed her to the bedroom where there was a knife and a condom waiting on the bedside table.

On another occasion when he worked as a bartender, he accompanied an "extremely drunk" woman home, waited for her sister to go to bed and then raped her in her own home.

Mr Rose told the court Goldsworthy attacked a child in a hospital after convincing her to give him her phone number under the pretence that he would buy her cigarettes.

He "pestered her with texts" until she left the bedside of a dying relative to meet him in the corridor of the ward where he sexually assaulted her while close to where her family were waiting.

The court heard Goldsworthy also assaulted a teenager after he plied her 16-year-old boyfriend with so much alcohol he passed out, leaving him able to attack her.

Mr Rose read out statements to the court from three of the victims, all of whom suffered from depression and anxiety following the attacks.

One said: "He took me from myself that night. There was a huge weight on me. I couldn't cope with day-to-day life."

One of his victims was driven to such lows after the attack that she had her children removed from her by social services following several attempts to take her own life. …

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