Sunderland man who raped two teenagers accused of attacking third victim

editorial image
Have your say

A CONVICTED double rapist has gone on trial accused of more sex attacks.

Michael Brown was locked up for raping two teenage schoolgirls during attacks in 2009 and 2010.

After he was convicted by a crown court jury, a third alleged victim came forward claiming the 33-year-old attacked her too.

Brown, formerly of Pennywell, Sunderland, denies one charge of indecent assault and two of rape in relation to the alleged victim, who was over 16 at the time. He is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard Brown continues to deny the rapes he is convicted of.

Judge Brian Forster told jurors they must consider the evidence in the trial “calmly, coolly and clinically” and must not let emotion cloud their judgement of the facts.

Prosecutor Ian Brook added: “You must not simply assume he must be guilty of these offences simply because he stands convicted of other rapes.”

Mr Brook told the court how the alleged victim told police Brown had “destroyed her life” and she had been aware he was on trial for raping two teenage girls.

Mr Brook added: “She thought he would be going to prison and therefore it did not matter. She thought there would then be no need to disclose to anyone what had happened.”

“She thought he was going to jail and she thought it would all simply go away and she would be free once he was locked up, but it didn’t.”

“He was locked up and it still tormented her.”

Brown denies the charges against him which are alleged to have happened before 2004.

The trial continues.