Man jailed for domestic abuse and rape in Liverpool

A man has been jailed for 21 years after he repeatedly assaulted and raped a woman in Liverpool.

Jake McMahon, aged 32, of Stockport was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, 22 November, for two counts of rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour.

On Monday, 8 August, officers received a report from a woman in Liverpool who alleged she was the victim of domestic abuse and rape at the hands of McMahon.

The abuse took place between February and June 2022 when the victim suffered two serious assaults, one of which resulted in a brain injury.

McMahon was located in Greater Manchester Friday, 12 August 2022, and arrested and charged with rape, Section 18 assault, Section 47 assault and controlling and coercive behaviour.

McMahon pleaded not guilty to all charges but was found guilty of controlling and coercive behaviour, grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm and two counts of rape after two trials in Liverpool.

Speaking after sentencing Detective Constable Martin Woodhead said, “McMahon subjected his victim to a torrent of violent domestic abuse over a 12-month period. He then pleaded not guilty and forced her to go through a trial in court.

“After being manipulated by McMahon and suffering serious injuries she found the courage to report these incidents to our officers who after a lengthy operation arrested and jailed him for over 20 years.

“McMahon was described by the judge as “a danger to women”, “having shown no remorse” and acting “without empathy.” Therefore, I would like to commend the woman’s bravery in coming forward so we could put this dangerous man behind bars.”

Detective Inspector Ben Wayment added: “No one should be a victim of domestic abuse. And we at Merseyside Police continue to do everything we can to tackle any type of violence against women and girls.

“Our specialist team of officers will do everything in our power to support victims, target perpetrators and reduce violence by ensuring victims of domestic abuse feel believed and supported when they report offending to us.

“During this investigation, we worked closely with local domestic support organisations, local authorities and safeguarding teams to ensure the safety and ongoing support of the victim.

“We have a number of specialist departments within the police to investigate these crimes but it’s important that we all work together to support survivors and collectively work to prevent them occurring in the first place by raising awareness.

“Domestic abuse isn’t just physical – it can be emotional, sexual, financial or controlling behaviour. It can happen to anyone, regardless of gender. Some of the signs of domestic abuse, such as physical marks, may be easy to identify but others may be things you can easily explain away or overlook.

“Often victims are either in a relationship with the perpetrator or have been historically, it can therefore be very hard for them to report what has been going on. They might still love their abuser, feel loyal to them, are protecting their children or are simply living in fear.

“I hope this result in court shows that Merseyside Police is determined to break that cycle of abuse where perpetrators continue to commit crime after crime against their victim thinking that every time they do, they are less likely to get caught.”

You can report by calling 101, if you are not in an emergency situation. If you are in immediate danger, always call 999.

If you ring 999 and are not in a safe position to speak to us then cough or tap the phone and press 55, when prompted. This will alert the operator that you need assistance.

For more information please contact any of our support organisations via: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-organisations/

You can read about how Merseyside Police is tackling the issue of violence against women and girls and help women and girls to feel safe and be safe across Merseyside. The link can be found here: Our commitment to keeping women and girls safe in Merseyside

Image: Jake McMahon/Merseyside Police

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