Rapist fails in fight to keep name from public

COURT FIGHT ... rapist Stephen Fagan.
COURT FIGHT ... rapist Stephen Fagan.

A RAPIST who attacked a South Tyneside woman and tried to keep his name from being made public has lost a fight for anonymity.

Stephen Fagan became embroiled in a legal dispute with the Ministry of Justice when he began publicly-funded action in an attempt to win the right to live in Scotland following his release on licence.

Fagan was jailed for 14 years in 2006 after being breaking into a South Shields house and raping a woman after drugging her with heroin.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim’s young son walked in during the attack.

Fagan, now in his late 40s, got in through a window, tied up the woman, drugged and then raped her twice.

He denied two counts of rape and of administering a drug with intent to commit a crime, but was convicted.

Yesterday Fagan, of Airdrie, Lanarkshire, lost his appeal, and senior judges in London ruled he could be named after newspapers argued that the public had a right to know.

He said he now wanted to re-settle in Airdrie and said members of his family might become a “target of hostility” if his return was reported.

And his lawyers argued that there was a need to “prevent the risk of violence”.

In June, a High Court judge ruled that Fagan could be named – but he imposed a temporary reporting ban until the case had been analysed by the Court of Appeal.