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‘Dangerous’ Preston man who raped 75-year-old woman is jailed

Posted on - 27th January, 2023 - 1:16pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Neil McEvoy
Neil McEvoy

A ‘dangerous’ offender who raped a 75-year-old woman and sexually assaulted a vulnerable 61-year-old, has been given an extended prison sentence.

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Neil McEvoy, 57, of Grimshaw Street, Preston city centre, was also before the court for a sustained assault which left a man with facial injuries.

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McEvoy pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to rape, causing sexual activity without consent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was given an extended sentence of 20 years, comprising a 15-year custodial term and a five-year licence extension.

When passing sentence, Judge Andrew Jefferies KC, described McEvoy as dangerous and noted the lack of remorse shown by him – he had tried to minimise his responsibility.

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The first offence which McEvoy was sentenced for, occurred in July 2020 at his flat in Grimshaw Street.

McEvoy was drinking with his victim and another man. Later in the evening McEvoy began punching the victim.

The attack lasted on-and-off for around 90 minutes, with McEvoy kicking, slapping and pinning the man against the wall.

While under investigation for that assault, McEvoy committed the offence against a 61-year-old woman who was particularly vulnerable in November 2020.

She had been shopping in Preston city centre and was sat on a bench near to McEvoy’s flat. He beckoned her to go the flat where two other people were drinking with McEvoy.

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When the other two left the flat, McEvoy carried out a sexual offence against the woman.

Knowing he was under investigation for that offence and the earlier assault, McEvoy raped a 75-year-old woman in May 2022.

She had visited two pubs in Preston and was making her way home when McEvoy – someone she had never met before – approached her on the street and struck up a conversation.

He offered to walk her home and the victim described McEvoy as pleasant and ‘he just made me trust him’.

At her flat they chatted but McEvoy’s mood changed, with the court told he went from ‘gentle to violent’ and he raped her – the attack only stopped when the victim managed to hit him with a hammer.

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She rang 999 after McEvoy left the flat and he was arrested nearby.

DC Stephen Rotherham of Lancashire Police’s south division rape investigation team, said: “I’m very pleased that Neil McEvoy is off the streets and I welcome the lengthy prison sentence imposed by Judge Jefferies.

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“I’d like to thank the work of the response officers who assisted the investigations into these offences, the work of the Independent Sexual Violence Advocates for supporting the victims and the dedication of the Crown Prosecution Service.

“Lancashire Police are committed to investigating all reports of rape and sexual offences, all reports will be treated with trust and sensitivity.”

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