Sex attacker finally behind bars

COURT STOCK

By Karon Kelly

A sex attacker who threatened to kill a teenage girl after he raped her in her bedroom is finally behind bars.

Clifford Redhead warned the 14-year-old she would die if she reported her ordeal in Washington in 1998.

The effect of the warning on the young victim was so severe she continues to live in fear of the 52-year-old attacker.

The threats ensured the schoolgirl’s silence after her ordeal and Redhead moved away from the Wearside area.

Just months later Redhead, who has convictions for serious violence, raped another teenager, in Scarborough.

He was arrested soon after the second attack and sentenced to six years behind bars by a judge at York Crown Court in November 1998.

Yesterday, at Newcastle Crown Court, Redhead, of Monroe Place, Newcastle, was given eight-and-a-half years for the Washington attack.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You went into her bedroom and you raped her in her own bed, you threatened to kill her before and after committing the offence against her.

“She has been permanently effected by the offence you committed, it has changed her life.

“She felt dirty, she felt worthless.

“You took away her childhood and her innocence.

“She continues to be in fear of you 15 years after the time you committed the offence.

“A serious aggravating feature was the threats you made.”

Prosecutor Gavin Doig said the threats made during the rape had an ongoing effect on the victim and “restrained her from reporting what had taken place.”

Redhead pleaded guilty to rape on the day his trial had been due to start.

Katherine Dunn, defending, said Redhead’s guilty plea meant the victim was not forced to re-live her ordeal in the witness box.

Miss Dunn said there was “no excuse” for Redhead’s behaviour but he has had an “extremely troubled” background, going back to his childhood.

Miss Dunn said Redhead has the support of his family, who have been supporting his efforts to change his life.

Redhead must sign the sex offenders register for life and abide by the terms of a sexual offences prevention order.

Source: North News & Pictures

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