West Derby man jailed for raping a woman in his home

A man has been jailed for seven years for raping a woman at his home in Liverpool.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Daniel McDonough, 40, of West Derby, Liverpool, raped the woman, who was then 20,  in the early hours of 12 January 2020.

He had been drinking with her and others in a pub in the Woolton area of Liverpool, and offered to share a taxi home with her.

He invited her into his home for a drink and they chatted until she said she was tired and went to bed.

There had been no physical contact between the two at all. However, she awoke to find he had pulled her clothing  down and was having sexual intercourse with her. She repeatedly begged him to stop and he eventually did.

The victim made a complaint to the police. When McDonough was arrested he denied there had been any sexual contact between him and the victim at all.

But DNA evidence was found on the victim’s underwear attributable to McDonough and he was charged with the rape.

He continued to deny he had raped the victim, but at Liverpool Crown Court on 5 April 2022,  a jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to 7 years in jail.

A restraining order was also imposed, preventing him having any contact with the victim, and he has been placed on the Sexual Offenders Register until further notice.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Sarah Egan, a specialist lawyer with CPS Mersey-Cheshire Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit, said, “This was a disgusting attack by McDonough, where he breached the victim’s trust.

“This kind of behaviour is inexcusable, will not be tolerated and will be dealt with by the full force of the law.

“I’d like to thank the victim for her courage and strength in coming forward to report this and her ongoing support throughout the court process, as well as the other witnesses who assisted her. Their support is paramount in these cases.

“I would strongly encourage all victims and witnesses in cases involving any kind of sexual abuse to come forward to report them.”

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