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REGIONAL: Decorator carried out bondage sex attack on female customer in her own home after indulging in porn and drugs

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A TERRIFIED mum was tied up and sexually assaulted by a painter and decorator who had been up all night watching violent pornography.

Married Graeme Stevens had been smoking legal highs and watching films featuring violent rape scenes before he pounced on the victim when he visited her home about some work she had hired him to carry out. Newcastle Crown Court heard the terrified woman’s wrists and mouth tied up with masking tape and subjected to sickening sex attack which lasted over an hour.

Stevens, 53, of West View, Earsdon, North Tyneside, admitted false imprisonment and sexual assault and was jailed for five years and four months.

Judge Brian Forster QC told him: “An explanation for what took place appears to be that you had been taking some form of highs or drugs, you had an interest in

pornography and that interest, by reason of your consumption of illicit substances, has led you to carry the fantasy into the reality of your life.

“You went to her home and you carried out a totally unexpected attack upon her. She had no reason to fear you.

“It is apparent from all the information I have been able to carefully consider that she feared the worst.

“At the least she thought she was going to be raped.”

The court heard Stevens had turned up at the woman’s home on the day he was due to carry out home improvement work in April and was allowed in.

He confessed he had been taking either cannabis or legal highs every day in the two weeks leading up to the attack.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister said: “As they were walking through the house, without any warning, completely unexpectedly, he grabbed her from behind, telling her to ‘shut up and do what you are told’.

“He then pushed her to the floor, restrained her by putting his knee or elbow in her back. He had masking tape with him. He put her arms behind her back and taped her wrists with masking tape.

“He lifted her to her feet and forced her upstairs. He covered her mouth with masking tape, despite her struggling and pleading.”

The court heard after the woman’s one hour ordeal Stevens lit a “spliff” and said “I can’t rape you”.

He then apologised to the victim before untying her and leaving the house.

Stevens was arrested while travelling along the A1 towards Holy Island where he claimed he intended to kill himself.

Mr Pallister added: “He confessed he had been smoking a legal high and watching porn while his wife was on nightshift.

“He described himself as being stoned.

“He said something he couldn’t explain came over him.

“He said he had watched porn videos involving rape scenarios and would fantasise about women.”

The victim told police the ordeal has changed her forever.

Nick Peacock, defending, said Stevens finds what he did “difficult to explain” and has never been in any form of trouble before.

Mr Peacock said; “He wishes to apologise to her. He is devastated and horrified for her.”

Mr Peacock said Stevens had been using cannabis or legal highs every day in the two weeks prior to the attack.

Stevens was ordered to sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual offences prevention order for the rest of his life.

 
 
 

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