Serial rapist Anthony Curran jailed

WITH a screwdriver pressed to her throat, vile Anthony Curran trapped a woman in his dirty flat and raped her twice.

Anthony Curran
Anthony Curran

WITH a screwdriver pressed to her throat, vile Anthony Curran trapped a woman in his dirty flat and raped her twice.

Yet, just three years after he was jailed for the terrifying attack, the violent predator was free to rape and rape again.

Victims campaigners say evil Curran should have been locked away and unable to continue his pattern of sex attacks.

But the 28-year-old fiend was released after serving just three years of his six-year sentence, and two years later his pattern of sick sex attacks continued.

Curran, of Ridley Avenue in Howdon, Wallsend, is today behind bars indefinitely after preying on two vulnerable strangers in premeditated attacks.

But as the serial rapist begins his sentence, questions are being asked about why he was freed so soon and able to attack again.

And last night, a North East rape expert called for a change in the law to protect women from monsters like Curran.

Dr Nicole Westmarland, who is a chairwoman of the charity Rape Crisis, and a lecturer in criminology at Durham University, said: “The fact that these two rapes were committed so soon after release shows that serious questions must be asked about how the criminal justice system deals with sexually violent men.

“It is clearly not enough just to lock someone up for a few years and then hope for the best.

“There needs to be a radical rethink about how to ensure no other woman has to go through the horrendous ordeal of the three women who have been raped by Anthony Curran.”

Curran, who is originally from Middlesbrough was jailed for six years after a jury at Teesside Crown Court found him guilty of a violent rape on an ex-prostitute he lured back to his flat, in the St Hilda’s area of the town.

But, he was released on licence just three years later and moved to Wallsend. He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and detectives made monthly unannounced visits to his home to check-up on him.

He was known to make regular visits to Cullercoats to visit his mother, and walk her dog. And, in December 2007 he found his next victim in the village.

In a chilling premeditated attack the predator let himself into the victim’s home as she slept, and crept past her boyfriend, who was asleep on the sofa.

He climbed into bed with the woman, who is in her 30s, and raped her.

But it was not until he struck again eight months later that police were able to link Curran to this terrifying attack

This time, his victim was a mum-of-three who was walking home after a night out in Whitley Bay.

Curran offered to walk the woman home after meeting her outside Deep nightclub He dragged her onto wasteland near an advertising billboard off Hillheads Road, and raped her.

Curran was arrested shortly after the second attack and was later linked to the Cullercoats rape by DNA evidence, after two hairs were found in the woman’s bed. He denied both offences and claimed he had never been inside the house in Cullercoats, and could not explain how his hair got there. He eventually admitted having sex with the woman in Whitley Bay, but said she had consented. Yet a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found him guilty of both counts, on Monday. He was jailed indefinitely for public protection yesterday.

‘You are a man who obtains sexual satisfaction from rape. Even serving a six-year sentence did not deter you. In my view you are not just dangerous, but highly dangerous’ – Judge John Milford

JUDGE John Milford told Anthony Curran he must serve at least nine years behind bars before he may be considered for parole – but warned he would only ever be released when he is no longer a danger.

The judge said: “You are a man who obtains sexual satisfaction from rape. It is forcing your victims to submit to rape that excites you. Even serving a six-year sentence did not deter you. In my view you are not just dangerous, but highly dangerous.”

Det Chief Insp Mick Paterson, of Northumbria Police’s North Tyneside Area Command, today welcomed the sentence, which would protect the public from the evil predator.

But he said Curran’s victims were sure to remain traumatised by their ordeals for years to come.

“This indeterminate public protection sentence means Curran will not be considered for any type of release before nine years have passed,” he said. “The terrible impact on the victims of Curran’s crimes can be imagined and no sentence can change that.

“However, we are satisfied that this term of imprisonment will protect the public from this man in the future. However, our thoughts remain with the victims and their families. We hope that the sentence handed down by the court will deter others from carrying out these types of crimes, in the knowledge that police and Crown Prosecution Service will seek appropriate justice through the courts.

“Sexual offences have a devastating effect on the lives of victims and their families and every effort is made by the police to track down sexual offenders and to bring them to justice.

“I would personally like to commend the bravery and determination of the victims who came forward and gave evidence. I give personal thanks to each of them and our thoughts are with them.”

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Victim believed she was about to die

TRAPPED in his Middlesbrough flat, Curran’s first rape victim thought she would die.

The predator was jailed for six years in 2002 after he was convicted of luring a former sex-worker to his home and raping her as he held a screwdriver to her neck.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Curran met the woman in the early hours of September 16, 2001, on Union Street in Middlesbrough.

They went back to his flat where he held the weapon to her throat and raped her twice. His victim, a former heroin addict, told the jury she had feared for her life during the ordeal and that Curran had warned her she might end up like murdered prostitute – Vicky Glass whose body was found on remote moorland in North Yorkshire.

She said: "He said he could do anything he wanted to me because I was a prostitute and a smackhead. I thought he was going to kill me."

Curran admitted having sex with the woman but denied it was rape. But he was convicted after a trial This was not the first time the predator had been accused of rape. In 2001 he was cleared of raping a 19-year-old girl, also at his flat in Gosford Mews.

This victim claimed he repeatedly attacked her after inviting her to wait for a taxi at his home on December 9, 2000.

But Curran, denied raping her, saying she agreed to come back for a drink and consented to sex.

 

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