Darren Fenwick – Daphne Road, Stockton 

​A rapist was branded a controlling, selfish public menace as he was jailed for 10 years.

Darren Fenwick, 39, went to prison still refusing to accept his guilt after a jury convicted him of a string of crimes against a vulnerable woman.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told the sex attacker: “You are an utterly selfish individual.

“You think only and always of yourself.

“You’ve shown no respect whatsoever towards women, quite the reverse.

“You treat women as your possessions, essentially.

“You will not tolerate any women to have a mind of their own or any thoughts of their own. They have to act in accordance with your wishes and demands.

“You are a dangerous individual.”

He said Fenwick raped a woman, used her for sex and humiliated her.

He added: “You forced yourself upon her. She submitted reluctantly without any consent whatsoever.”

He said Fenwick treated the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with violence and abuse, punching her and pulling her hair.

Fenwick subjected her to a degrading sexual assault and beat her through a pillow, prosecutor Christine Egerton told Teesside Crown Court .

The judge said he found the victim’s evidence “persuasive and compelling” while he “utterly rejected” Fenwick’s account.

The woman said Fenwick isolated, manipulated and controlled her.

“I feel disgusted by what he did to me,” she said in a statement.

“I can’t understand how he could treat me in that way.

“I lost everything.”

She said she changed, lost confidence and suffered anxiety and depression.

She underwent counselling to help her cope with the psychological effects of Fenwick’s actions and move on with her life.

Fenwick, of Daphne Road, Stockton , denied rape, two sexual assaults and common assault and was found guilty by a jury after a trial. He admitted harassment.

He had assaults against women on his criminal record, though no previous sexual offending.

Cathy McCulloch, defending, said: “He still maintains his innocence.

“He is at the moment in a great deal of shock that he was found guilty.”

She said the dad-of-four had a troubled childhood and his life was changed by a horrific accident in 2004.

She said he suffered flashbacks, post traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, depression, low self-esteem and “a complete breakdown”.

He was supported by his family, condemned rape and disapproved of violence, she added.

“This is a deeply troubled young man,” Ms McCulloch told the court.

“He is now on the correct medication. You can see a genuine change in him.”

Fenwick was given a sentence totalling 14 years – a 10-year prison sentence, of which he will serve two thirds, plus four years’ extended licence.

Fenwick is banned from contacting the victim under a sexual harm prevention order and restraining order, both indefinite, and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/you-treat-women-your-possessions-12272406

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