Northampton rapist given extended sentence of 14 years
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A convicted rapist has been given an extended sentence totalling 14 years after attacking a vulnerable woman in his Northampton flat.
Dennis McGowan, aged 38, was convicted of rape following a trial in May this year, and at Northampton Crown Court yesterday, Thursday, July 29, he was handed an extended prison sentence of nine years, plus five on licence.
He was also told he will be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, after the court heard how his victim, then aged 18, had been targeted after being plied with alcohol.
McGowan, of Mounts Court, Billing Brook, had met the woman in the early hours of August 2, 2019, when she was taken back to his home by a number of unknown men.
There, she was given alcohol before being raped by McGowan and the other men – during her ordeal she made an hour-long recording on her phone, which clearly captured her saying ‘no’ as she sobbed in fear.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrea Taylor, of Northamptonshire Police’s SOLAR sexual offences investigation team, said: “After McGowan put his victim through the further trauma of a trial, to be able to tell her that he has been given a significant and extended sentence for what he did to her was a huge relief.
“She has shown such bravery throughout the investigation and trial, and to hear her in tears of happiness at this outcome was very moving.
“McGowan took advantage of his victim’s vulnerability to put her through a harrowing ordeal which has left her dealing with significant issues to this day.
“Those who prey on others in this way are despicable, and I’m really pleased the courts have recognised the severity of McGowan’s offending by imposing an extended sentence, which are imposed on those judged to be dangerous sexual or violent offenders.”
A second man who stood trial alongside McGowan in May in connection with the incident was found not guilty of charges of rape and conspiracy to rape.
Anyone with information about the incident who has yet to come forward to police is encouraged to make a report by calling 101, regarding incident 19000406734.
*This report and custody image have been released with the agreement of the victim*