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Man guilty of violent rape of prostitute

Man guilty of violent rape of prostitute

A CREWE man has been found guilty of raping a prostitute at knifepoint over the bonnet of his car.

Paul Gollings, of Alexandra Place, is now awaiting sentence after a jury found him guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Gollings, 30, was told he was facing a long sentence after he was convicted of the brutal rape.

The court heard how Gollings attacked the woman a heroin addict who weighed just five-and-a-half stone last October.

He drove to the scene with the intention of picking up a prostitute and left her sobbing desperately after the vicious sexual assault.

He told police he had drunk six cans of beer before travelling to Stoke-on-Trent but denied having sex with the woman or having a knife.

The verdict in Golling's case delayed the reporting of two other rape cases in Stoke-on-Trent.

Judge David Pugsey imposed Press restrictions until after the result as he felt the jury could be prejudiced if they read about the other cases.

John Peter King, 41, of Shelton, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape of a 20-year-old prostitute.

Martin Rogers, 20, of Fegg Hayes, was also told to expect life after admitting three rapes, a robbery and a wounding offence.

Acting Sergeant Karen Banner, a Detective Constable at the time of the rape, led the investigation into the Gollings case.

She said: 'The incident happened in the early hours on Chell Industrial Estate, an area sometimes used by prostitutes. He had driven there from Crewe with the intention of finding a prostitute.

'He had the knife with him, though I suppose we will never know whether he went out with the intention of raping.

'The woman reported the incident straight away and she was very shocked and distressed.

'She was extremely brave to report the offence given that the police and prostitutes are not always the best of friends.

'But more and more prostitutes are now coming forward, mainly because we are dealing with them better and because they are actually seeing that people do get prosecuted.

'Gollings showed not one bit of remorse throughout the case and he made no comment during his interview.

'It was quite a long inquiry and we caught up with him in the end as a result of forensics.'

Sentencing was adjourned for psychiatric reports.


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