A Sandbach man has been sentenced to over five years behind bars after pleading guilty to raping a woman at her home in Winsford last summer.
The attack took place on 25 June last year when the defendant, 44 year old Noel Maskery, previously of Fairfield Avenue, Sandbach, Cheshire, was staying overnight at the victims house in Winsford.
Due to his chaotic domestic circumstances, Maskery was struggling to find a place to live and the victim, who had known him for more than 20 years, extended Maskery the courtesy of a spare bed for the night on the agreement that he slept in the victim′s eldest son′s room.
The victim, who was 53 years old at the time of the incident, left Maskery downstairs in the kitchen whilst she retired to her own bedroom. The victim told officers during the investigation that she was unusually tired. In her account she told officers she believed Maskery had drugged her.
The victim awoke late the following morning the find herself half undressed and Maskery asleep beside her. She was in pain and knew she had been subjected to a sexual assault. Distressed, she went to a friend′s home and contacted Police.
Officers from Cheshire Police′s Dedicated Rape Unit swiftly arrested Maskery on suspicion of rape and he continually denied any sexual contact with his victim.
Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Debbie Dodd who heads up the Dedicated Rape Unit for Cheshire Police that conducted the investigation said "Maskery exploited the goodwill and trust of his victim to put himself in a position where he could prey on her vulnerable state. The victim will live with this for the rest of her life. My team conducted a painstaking investigation to bring Maskery to justice."
She continued "Anyone who has been subjected to this type of crime should feel confident that they will receive the support they need from the Dedicated Rape Unit and other support agencies we work alongside. Foremost, any victim of a crime such as this will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated and with the needs of the victim as our main priority."