A MAN who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for 19 years.
Andrew Morton, pictured, 32, committed the offences after he was released from a 10-year prison sentence for raping nine and 11-year-old girls, Durham Crown Court heard.
Morton’s latest victim was commended by Judge Christopher Prince for saying she was determined to see the case through to prevent further attacks.
He stood trial, but refused to go to court to hear his sentence.
“He was keen enough to use the court system to attempt to evade conviction,” said Judge Prince.
“It seems cowardly not to come to court for sentence. Perhaps he cannot bear to look his victim in the eye.
“She, on the other hand, has behaved with commendable maturity in seeing this case through.
“Some people have courage, some do not.”
Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said Morton befriended girls, telling them he was 19 when he was 32.
“A common feature of both this case and the previous one is that he appears to gain a thrill from the possibility of being caught,” said Mr Dodds.
“Some of the rapes and other sexual offences were carried out when there were other people asleep in the room, or when members of the victim’s family were in the house.”
He added she was subdued by holding her throat or covered her mouth, and he threatened her to stop her speaking out about the attacks.
Morton, who lived in Blackhall when the attacks happened and most recently lived in Hull, was convicted of four charges of rape, a charge of sexual activity with a child, and two charges of inciting a child to commit a sex act.
Judge Prince also ordered an extended licence period of five years.
He said Morton should be released when the Parole Board is satisfied he no longer presents a danger to children.