Lawyer calls anger-problem rapist ‘brave’ for admitting sex attack

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A RAPIST has been put behind bars after he attacked a woman.

Gareth Butler, 26, forced himself on his victim but initially denied raping her when he was arrested by police.

He was jailed for six years and must sign the sex offenders register for life.

Dan Cordley, prosecuting, said: “He accepts forcing himself on the complainant.”

Butler, of Nidderdale Avenue, Hetton, admitted rape and two offences of ABH.

Jane Foley, defending, said: “He took a brave step in admitting what he had done, something many men choose not to do and prefer to be convicted by a jury rather then having to admit their behaviour.

“He is a young man who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.

“He is a man who has had problems controlling his anger.

“He has to be sentenced today for a very serious offence. He knows too well he will receive a length in custody in terms of years.”

Judge Jeremy Freedman told Butler: “You did own up to what you have done and in doing so you have saved the victim from giving evidence in court and being accused of not telling the truth.

“This will be your first time in custody.”

Judge Freedman jailed Butler to six years in prison and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for life.