Teenage party guest was raped while being gripped round the throat in 90-minute attack
A teenage party guest was raped while being gripped round the throat in a terrifying attack which lasted up to an hour-and-a-half.
Terry Maughan took advantage of the 17-year-old’s vulnerable drunken state after she ended up in a home alone with him at the end of the night.
A court heard he threw her to the floor, put his hand round her throat and tightened his grip when she tried to shout out.
Now the 23-year-old has been jailed for seven years after a jury at Newcastle Crown Court convicted him of rape.
Judge Penny Moreland told Maughan: “There was a gathering of young people at that house and (the victim) was extremely drunk that night.
“One by one the young people left and you were still downstairs when she was the last one left.
“You threw her to the floor, your hand on her throat so she couldn’t move and you raped her, tightening your grip if she tried to shout out.
“This was, on her account, a sustained incident. She thought she had been the victim of your offending for one-and-a-half hours.
“She was particularly vulnerable because she was young and extremely drunk.”
Maughan, of Denton View, Blaydon, Gateshead, had denied raping the girl but was found guilty after a trial.
Prosecutor Matthew Bean said the offence has had a bad effect on the victim.
He said: “She says following the offence she has become withdrawn and is nervous about leaving her home alone.
“It has not only affected her but her family members.
“She feels she is unable to go out socialising with friends, she has had low mood and she is attending counselling services.”
As well as the seven year prison sentence, Maughan was ordered to sign the sex offender register for life, was given a ten year restraining order banning him from contacting the victim and was barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.
The court heard he has no previous convictions and the judge was given references as to Maughan’s “good qualities”.
Tom Moran, defending, said: “While he must have become aware of her state of intoxication, he was not responsible for plying her with alcohol and he didn’t engineer them being left alone.
“The larger group of people gradually peeled off during the night, leaving just him and the victim.
“On the verdict of the jury, he then took the opportunity to commit a very serious offence.”
Mr Moran said the rape may not have lasted as long as the victim believed it had