Double rapist facing years in jail

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A SEX fiend is facing years behind bars for two almost identical rape attacks.

Gary Forbes, of Houghton Road, Houghton, yesterday pleaded guilty to raping a woman, who cannot be named, in April last year.

During an earlier hearing at Newcastle Crown Court the 29-year-old had admitted the rape of another woman during a similar attack just weeks before.

Forbes’ barrister Nicholas Lane asked for the case to be adjourned for the preparation of reports.

He said: “The court will need assistance with issues of dangerousness. They are two completely separate but almost identical allegations of rape.”

Judge James Goss QC adjourned the case until June 24 so Forbes can be assessed by experts.

The judge said: “There is no urgency, he is not going anywhere.

“He is in custody. The victims know what the situation is, he is just waiting to be sentenced. The two separate offences of rape are grave matters indeed.”

Forbes, spoke only to confirm his name and enter the guilty plea during the short hearing.

The judge warned him: “You will appreciate the seriousness of your situation and the offences you have committed.”