Serial rapist jailed

Christian Fisher, who has been jailed for 15 years for  a catalogue of vile offences.
Christian Fisher, who has been jailed for 15 years for a catalogue of vile offences.

A SERIAL rapist has been jailed for 15 years after putting a woman through “24 hours of hell”.

Christian Fisher was a teenager himself when he carried out a vile catalogue of sex attacks 20 years ago.

Fisher, of Albert Street, Fleetwood, appeared for sentence at Preston Crown Court after he was found guilty of nine charges by a jury on August 19 following a five-day trial.

The jury convicted him of six counts of rape, two of false imprisonment and one of indecent assault.

The court heard Fisher had tied his victim to a radiator and then committed a series of sexual offences against her.

Judge Norman Wright told Fisher he put his victim through “24 hours of hell”.

“You tied her up to a radiator. She was no more than like a family animal. You raped her.”

The judge added how, at the time of the offences, the victim was vulnerable.

“That was exacerbated by the degradation placed on her for your own sexual lust,” Judge Wright told Fisher.

The defendant, who had denied the charges and said sex had been consensual, had carried out the attacks on a number of occasions between 1991 and 1992.

Kevin Donnelly, defending, said: “The defendant’s stance remains, as it was at trial, he denies there was anything other than consensual sexual activity.”

Fisher was jailed for 15 years and will be placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

He had previously been charged with raping two other women in 1997 and 2009 but was cleared by a jury at a trial.

Det Insp Andy Bunn, from Fleetwood CID, said: “We went out and traced potential victims and it was as a result of this we traced this victim. It has been a long time for this victim to carry that burden.

“The size of his sentence shows how high the risk that he posed to women.”

Det Con Clare Wilson, of Fleetwood CID, said: “Due to the historical nature of the offences, this was a complex case to investigate.

“I hope today’s sentencing will now be of comfort to Fisher’s victim.

“Fisher is a dangerous individual who subjected his victim to a series of horrendous assaults and the local community should be reassured he is now behind bars.”