Knife-wielding rapist gets eight years for attacks which left South Tyneside woman too scared to return home

DOUBLE RAPE ... Christopher Rosean was convicted of two counts of rape.
DOUBLE RAPE ... Christopher Rosean was convicted of two counts of rape.

A RAPIST has been jailed for eight years for a terrifying attack on a South Tyneside woman in her home.

The victim, who cannot be named, was so traumatised by her ordeal at the hands of Christopher Rosean, who threatened her with a knife, she could not face going back to her house.

You used violence to an extreme extent, causing her to be utterly terrified of you.

Judge Penny Moreland

Her fear was so intense she had a panic alarm fitted in her home in a bid to help her feel safe before Rosean was convicted and put behind bars.

Rosean, 41, of Bishops Meadow, Bedlington, denied two rape charges, relating to the same attack, during a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, but was today found guilty by a jury.

His denials meant his victim had to relive the nightmare of what happened to her from the witness box.

Judge Penny Moreland said Rosean must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim, with both orders lasting a lifetime.

The judge told Rosean: “You used violence to an extreme extent, causing her to be utterly terrified of you.

“It took place in her home and she has been unable to return to that home.

“What you did has had a significant impact upon her.

“She is frightened and scared and you have damaged her self-confidence by your offending.”

The court heard the victim’s work and family life have been hugely affected by her ordeal at the hands of Rosean, who originally comes from America.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: “This has had a significant impact on her.

“She had difficulty sleeping after the event and no longer felt safe in her own home.”

The court heard the woman’s job involves pressure and responsibility and she feared the impact of her ordeal would make her a liability to co-workers.

Stephen Duffield, defending, said Rosean continues to deny his guilt.

Mr Duffield handed in references to Rosean’s usually good character to the court, including statements from his current and ex-girlfriends.

He added: “This is not a form of behaviour likely to be repeated.”