Sex attacker stabbed woman in groin with knife

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A TERRIFIED mum was repeatedly stabbed by a violent sex attacker who forced his way into her home.

Matthew Gallagher left his victim with four knife wounds to her abdomen, one to her groin and a defensive wound to her finger during her ordeal.

The victim speaks of feeling broke, mentally, and how her life has been shattered by you.

During the violence, the 47-year-old attacker warned the woman: “I’m going to rape you now” and repeatedly punched her face while pulling out clumps of her hair.

The victim was sexually assaulted before she somehow managed to force Gallagher out of her Wearside home and lock the door.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Gallagher was branded a public danger and sentenced to 10 years behind bars with a four year extended licence period.

Judge Paul Sloan, QC, told him: “The victim speaks of feeling broke, mentally, and how her life has been shattered by you.

“I am satisfied there is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm occasioned by the commission, by you, of further offences.

“It was a sustained attack which involved the use of a weapon and involved a significant degree of premeditation on your part.

“It would appear your intention was to cause a lot more serious harm than actually, fortunately, resulted from the offence.

“It was in her home, where she should have been safe and you entered the property as a trespasser.”

The judge said Gallagher had been “lying in wait” outside for his victim and ordered Gallagher to be detained at a secure hospital due to mental disorders he suffers, partly due to head injuries he received in a road accident in the past and partly because of alcohol abuse.

The court heard Gallagher has described himself as a “horrible individual” while under the influence of alcohol.

Gallagher, of Murton Lane, Easington Lane, who has previous convictions for violence, admitted wounding with intent and sexual assault.

Prosecutor Jolyon Perks told the court the attack happened last summer when the victim got back after a night out.

As she got to her front door, Gallagher forced his way in alongside her. Mr Perks said: “He began to stab the complainant to the stomach area with the weapon, pushing her into the living room as he did so. “He dragged her into the kitchen, shouting at her ‘I’m going to rape you now’ and ‘I’m going to take you outside and rape you’.”

The court heard the woman was sexually assaulted in the kitchen.

Mr Perks added: “All the time, he continued to stab at her stomach with the knife.”

She told police in a victim impact statement she has suffered intense psychological injury involving flashbacks and sleep problems, which have led to her being referred to a counsellor for therapy.

Glen Gatland, defending Gallagher, said: “Sometimes one reads cases and thinks that the person who is involved is a monster.

“In this case, I submit, that is not this man. He is a vulnerable, emotionally sad, weak man. He is not a monster, he is a very, very vulnerable man.”

Mr Gatland said Gallagher had a traumatic upbringing and recognises the harm and distress he has caused.