Rapist jailed for 17 years after attacking again while on bail

A “cold, unempathetic, manipulative” student who raped and sexually attacked two women while he was on bail and being investigated for an earlier violent rape has been jailed for 17 years.

Charles Goodwin, 21, attacked his victims after getting them drunk, Liverpool crown court heard.

He met his first victim, 22, in a Manchester nightclub, describing himself as a boxer. Back at the woman’s Manchester flat he raped her three times in a “sustained attack” in which he slapped her and grabbed her throat.

Sentencing Goodwin on Monday, judge Garrett Byrne said: “A shocking aspect of this case is that after you were arrested for those matters you were released, initially on bail, then released under investigation and you went on to rape [the second victim] and sexually assault [the third victim] twice.

“The fact you were under investigation for the first set of offences did nothing to inhibit you or cause you to stop, in fact the reverse is true.”

The judge said part of Goodwin‘s modus operandi was to get his victims drunk to take advantage of their vulnerability.

The second and third victims were attacked within days of each other in their student accommodation in Liverpool.

The judge added: “What was clear from all the evidence given by victims is that you had no care whatsoever as to whether or not they were consenting, their consent was a matter of complete indifference to you.

“You treated each of them not as a human being, deserving respect, but as a plaything or toy. You took the view once they were within your control you could do to them as you pleased.”

Matthew Curtis, prosecuting, read statements from the women, one of whom said she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the attack.

She said: “I now feel any control I did have can be stripped away from me by the whim of a man who just wants to get what he wants.”

Another victim said she had lost trust in people and avoided situations where she would be drinking with men. “I am genuinely scared of drunk boys,” she said.

The judge said he was satisfied Goodwin was dangerous and ordered an extended licence period of three years on top of his sentence.

“I saw you give evidence. You struck me as a highly intelligent, cold, unempathetic and manipulative person who knew perfectly well what you were doing was wrong.”

Katy Appleton, defending, said Goodwin had a difficult relationship with his mother, which had shaped his negative views towards women.

“Goodwin acknowledges some flaws in his behaviour, namely his arrogance and his attitude towards women.”

Goodwin, a business management student from Liverpool, was found guilty of four counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration, one count of attempting to choke, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of sexual assault.

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