Man beat and raped woman in ‘debt’ attack

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A violent thug from Fleetwood with a history of abuse against women has been convicted of a brutal rape.

Carl Weston, 42, formerly of Adelaide Street, became enraged after his victim said she could not afford to help him pay off a £600 drug debt.

He launched into a vicious attack, spraying deodorant in her eyes and pouring hot tea on her head, a court heard.

Weston, also known by the surname Needham, was found guilty of rape, grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment in relation to the incident in Greater Manchester last year.

The jury at Manchester Crown Court heard he attacked his victim on December 23, 2012, after being confronted in the street over an unpaid drug debt.

The pair, who knew each other, went inside, where Weston became agitated and demanded she help him pay of the debt.

The jury was told he then punched the woman in the face, causing her lip to split, before continuing the assault with an aerosol can and the hot tea.

He verbally abused and raped the woman and then prevented her from leaving the house to seek medical help. She later managed to escape and confide in a friend what had happened.

Following a two-week trial, Weston was also convicted of keeping a woman against her will at an address in Fleetwood during a separate incident in March 2012.

He was convicted of false imprisonment but cleared of rape on that occasion.

Det Con Rachel Killinger, of Wyre Public Protection Unit, led the inquiry into the Fleetwood case, she said: “This was a nasty ordeal on a vulnerable victim who will have to live with this for the rest of her life.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victim for her bravery in reporting this matter and for her bravery in giving evidence in court.”

Weston is due to be sentenced on February 6 at Manchester Crown Court.

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