Salford man Gareth Hutchinson sentenced for knifepoint rape

Gareth Stephen Hutchinson Hutchinson put a knife inside his victim's mouth

A Salford man has been jailed for raping and threatening to kill a woman he had spent the previous evening with, celebrating a mutual friend's birthday.

Gareth Hutchinson, 31, was found guilty of rape, attempted rape, two sexual assaults, making threats to kill and causing actual bodily harm.

He was jailed for 10 years when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court.

Hutchinson attacked his victim at a friend's house in Leigh, Wigan, on 5 February, the court heard.

The pair had spent the previous night on a friend's couch after which Hutchinson left the house to go to a pub, the court was told.

'Emotional scars'

When he returned, he wrongly accused the woman of sleeping with one of the lodgers in the house and then carried out the attack.

The court heard he tried to strangle his victim, put a pillow over her face and then put a knife inside her mouth.

After the sentencing police said Hutchinson attempted to rape again, but was disturbed by someone coming into the house, when he threatened to stab others if she told anyone what had happened.

Hutchinson left early the next morning and the victim told relatives what had happened and contacted the police.

Speaking after the sentencing Det Con Rob Kitchen said: "Hutchinson subjected his victim to an awful physical and sexual assault and while the physical injuries have cleared, the emotional scars will be with her for the rest of her life.

"Hutchinson has rightfully been put behind bars for a long time for what he has done to her.

"We take all reports of rape seriously and investigate thoroughly and without prejudice."

Hutchinson was told that after serving 10 years in jail he will be released, but remain on licence for five years.

He was also been ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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