Sex attacker jailed

Rapist Dean Gwatkin from Aspull
Rapist Dean Gwatkin from Aspull

A WIGAN sex attacker is behind bars today after admitting he raped a woman with whom he was obsessed.

Dean Gwatkin had initially met his victim via a dating website and went on to have a short-lived relationship with her but his jealous obsessive behaviour led her to end it.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the Aspull 27-year-old’s strange behaviour including wearing fake tan and carrying a compact mirror to keep checking his appearance.

In a restaurant he was even checking his reflection in his knife. He asked to borrow her make-up to cover up dark circles beneath his eyes and thought that people were staring at him.

Gwatkin also constantly pressured her into having sex, said Simon Berkson, prosecuting.

After she finished their relationship he sent her gifts, including a diamond ring and crystal bracelet, a Kindle and Ugg boots, and bombarded her with text and Facebook messages telling her he loved her but also sent her contradictory abusive messages of hate.

Some time later she agreed to see him just as a friend but while at her home watching a video he coerced her into having sex.

She initially agreed but then changed her mind and asked him to stop.

He refused however and pinned her down on the settee and raped her, said Simon Berkson, prosecuting.

He then left but continued to message her including saying he would never hurt her and trying to win her back.

He admitted it had been rape but said: “I was just randy, that is why I took advantage. I was just happy to see you.”

She later complained to the police because she was afraid of him and described him as “a ticking time bomb waiting to explode”.

Sentencing Gwatkin, Judge Andrew Hatton said that he took into account his guilty plea and his intellectual and personal problems.

Jailing him for three years, he ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and imposed an indefinite restraining order to keep away from his victim.

He described his behaviour as “obsessive, paranoid and jealous.”

Gwatkin, of Alnwick Close, Aspull, pleaded guilty to rape.

Geoffrey Whelan, defending, said that Gwatkin has no previous convictions but has significant personal problems and is socially isolated.

“He was clearly in love with her but she did not feel the same way,” he said.

The sexual intercourse began with consent but then she changed her mind and withdrew her consent.

Gwatkin, who also has learning difficulties, is remorseful for his behaviour, said Mr Whelan.