Death-threat rapist vows to kill himself after conviction for 14 attacks

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A SEX attacker vowed from a court dock “I’m killing myself” after being convicted of 14 rape charges.

Kenneth Fairley was found guilty by a jury of a series of rapes as well as five charges of indecent assault, one of indecency with a child and one of attempted rape.

The 49-year-old, of Toft Crescent, Murton, County Durham, was also convicted of an intimidation charge after warning one of his victims “you’re dead” after she reported what he had done to her.

Fairley had denied all charges during a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, meaning his two victims had to give evidence against him.

The court heard during the trial that the attacks happened over a period of 20 years.

Prosecutor James Adkin told the court that Fairley told one victim the attacks were “a secret” and warned her she should not tell anybody.

Mr Adkin said: “He told her nobody would believe her if she told anybody.”

Fairley, who denied all claims made against him, wept in the dock as jurors found him guilty of a total of 22 charges.

After the jury foreman announced the last guilty finding, Fairley said from the dock: “I’m killing myself. I’ve done nothing wrong”.

Fairley’s supporters screamed “how can you do this to him” and were asked to leave the courtroom.

Judge Penny Moreland adjourned sentence until September so Fairley can be assessed regarding what danger he poses to the public in future.

Judge Moreland said: “This requires me to consider if he poses a significant risk of serious harm to others.”

Fairley was remanded in custody until the next hearing.

Judge Moreland warned: “There is one inevitable sentence in respect of these matters and that will be a sentence of lengthy custody.”