Image above: Michael Maughan; photograph Metropolitan Police
A 27 year old man who raped his victim repeatedly and threatened to take her to Epping Forest and kill her has been jailed for 18 and a half years.
Michael Maughan was described in court as mounting a campaign “of the most appalling treatment many in this court may ever have seen”.
His victim, described as a vulnerable young woman, was slapped, punched and beaten by him as well as raped.
They stayed at hotels in Chiswick and Hammersmith in April 2021. He would take her car keys to prevent her leaving.
Finally she told a friend, who alerted the police. She disappeared to try and escape from him and he came looking for her at a beauty salon she used in Edgware, abusing the staff and scaring one long term member of staff so much she resigned.
Acting on a tip off police went to an address in Effingham Rd, Haringey in May 2021, where they found both Maughan and his victim, who was in some distress.
He pleaded guilty to controlling and coercive behaviour, multiple counts of rape, sexual assault, causing actual bodily harm and kidnap and false imprisonment.
In her summary before sentencing, HHJ Kaul QC said she found Maughan to be dangerous, particularly in regards to sexual relationships with women. He must serve at least two thirds of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
Detective Superintendent Sharon Brookes, from the West Area Command Unit, said: ‘It cannot be underestimated just how dangerous an offender Maughan is.
‘What he put the young victim through is utterly appalling – it is something no person should ever have to endure.
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