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Binge-drinking rapist Paul Devaney jailed for 18-and-a-half-years

Paul Devaney left one of his victims sobbing after continuing a sick sex attack

A binge-drinking Carlisle “monster” who raped two women has been jailed for 18-and-a-half years.

Paul Devaney left one of his victims sobbing after continuing a sick sex attack despite her desperate attempts to push him away.

Carlisle Crown Court heard depraved Devaney later told her “sorry”, and added flippantly: “Drink in, wits out.”

Described as being a “heavy drinker”, the 55-year-old, of no fixed address, admitted three counts of rape and was sentenced this afternoon. The court was told he raped one of the women twice, once while she was aged under 16.

In moving impact statements read during the court hearing, both women spoke of the massive psychological impact with each having been prescribed anti-depressants while seeking to cope with the aftermath of Devaney’s shocking crimes.

One said she was left feeling “humiliated and like a piece of meat”, and that he had “stripped me of all my emotions”.

She spoke of having trouble sleeping and waking in “terror”, although prosecutor Alison Mather: “She does suggest that him being in prison does bring her some peace.”

The woman raped twice by Devaney spoke of regular nightmares and said at one stage she had been “so low, and I even attempted to take my own life”.

Her life, she said, had been “ruined” by a person she described as a “monster”. The woman concluded: “I do not think any sentence the court passes will be as long as the sentence his actions have given me, or impact his life as much as he impacted mine.”

Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Barker told Devaney: “Your conduct, in respect of both of your victims, demonstrates in my view that you are a person devoid of any moral compass.”

Devaney must sign the sex offenders’ register for life, and abide by the strict terms of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.